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Whats It Called When Your Addicted To Sex
Sexual urges, behaviors or thoughts that appear extreme in frequency or feel out of one's control. There's a pattern of recurrent failure to resist impulses to engage in acts of sex, persistent desire or unsuccessful effort to stop or control those behaviors, & continuation of the behavior despite knowledge of having social, academic, financial, psychological or physical problems ...Read more
Sources of help: See Dr. Lavi's excellent description, which applies also to any addictive behavior. Addictive behavior deserves assistance. Psychiatric evaluation(I recommend primary care referral) can get to an underlying reason for the behavior, &meds may help,&cognitive behavioral therapy & support groups can be very helpful; ask psychiatrist/social worker/counselor for recommendation of a local support group. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Compulsivity: Failure to resist sexual impulses. Inappropriate, unwanted or compulsive groping, fondling or kissing. Exessive preoccupation sex in thought, word & deed. Continuation of inappropriate sexual behiour irrespective of consequences. Increasing percieved need of numbers of sexual acts & partners without consideration of others. ...Read more
Affects normal life: Sexual addiction disorders are typically defined by the amount of time spent pursuing and engaging in sexual activity. If the desire to have sex and the act of having sex itself are interfering with your normal daily activities and/or relationships with others, or you find yourself engaging in dangerous situations to satisfy yourself, it is time to seek evaluation by a psychiatrist/ psychologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
12 step and therapy: Hello, the way that I have seen patients overcome an addiction to sex is to join a twelve step group for sex addiction (e.g. Saa or sex-aholics anonymous or a faith based 12 step group called celebrate recovery). The other component is to see a psychologist or other type of therapist to explore the roots of your addiction and how to cope in healthier ways. ...Read more
Is it bothering to: you? Are you exhausted by having sex when he desires? Does he meet his sexual needs outside of your relationship? Does his addiction prevent him from living life fully? If you are negatively impacted by his addiction - would advise him of this. If it is making you unhappy & isn't an issue he is willing to budge on - may consider finding a man whose world doesn't revolve around sex. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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