What is sex addiction?

A mental disorder. Sex addiction is a mental disorder where thoughts about sex are constant and intrusive to the point of interfering with otherwise normal behavior. It requires therapy to recover.
Sex Addiction? Not everyone considers "sex addiction" a useful diagnosis, in the first place. Read Dr. Marty Klein's thoughtful perspective on it: http://www.martyklein.com/why-sexual-addiction-is-not-a-useful-diagnosis-and-why-it-matters/ Suggest consulting w/ a sex-positive therapist to understand concerns you may have about yourself (or other person) in relation to compulsive sexual behavior.

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What is sex addiction? My cougar wants it all the time.

See below. Addiction implies persistance of a behavior despite negative consequences, not just "wanting lots of something". Are there bad cosequences to her excessive libido. Have you communicated that you feel the need is excessive. Counseling may be appropriate. Read more...

What defines sex addiction? How to tell if someone is a sex addict?

Out of control. A sex addiction occurs when sex is interferring with social, occupational & recreational activities. The person tries to stop the behavior but can't. They spend more time or require progressively more hard core sex to satisfy their need. It usually requires that the person spends a fair amount of time either engaging in or fantasizing about sex. A psychological eval can dx. Read more...

What can cause sex addiction in men?

Unknown. Possibly abnormal nerve connections in the brain or excess testosterone levels. Read more...
Sex Addiction? Not everyone considers "sex addiction" a useful diagnosis, in the first place. Read Dr. Marty Klein's thoughtful perspective on it: http://www.martyklein.com/why-sexual-addiction-is-not-a-useful-diagnosis-and-why-it-matters/ Suggest consulting w/ a sex-positive therapist to understand concerns you may have about yourself (or other person) in relation to compulsive sexual behavior. Read more...

What exactly is a sex addiction?

A mental disorder. Sex addiction is a mental disorder where thoughts about sex are constant and intrusive to the point of interfering with otherwise normal behavior. It requires therapy to recover. Read more...
Sex Addiction? Not everyone considers "sex addiction" a useful diagnosis, in the first place. Read Dr. Marty Klein's thoughtful perspective on it: http://www.martyklein.com/why-sexual-addiction-is-not-a-useful-diagnosis-and-why-it-matters/ Suggest consulting w/ a sex-positive therapist to understand concerns you may have about yourself (or other person) in relation to compulsive sexual behavior. Read more...

What are the symptomsof sex addiction in men?

Step One of SA. Consider attending a meeting of sexaholics anonymous. The first step: we admitted that we were powerless over lust -- that our lives had become unmanageable. Read more...
Some are: •frequently engaging in more sex and with more partners than intended. •being preoccupied with or persistently craving sex; wanting to cut down and unsuccessfully attempting to limit sexual activity. •thinking of sex to the detriment of other activities or continually engaging in excessive sexual practices despite a desire to stop. •spending considerable time in activities related to sex, ?serial infidelity ?compulsive masturbation ?cyberporn/cybersex addiction or abuse ?anonymous sex ?sexual boundary problems ?voyeurism ?exhibitionism ?prostitution/escort addiction. Read more...

What are signs of sex addiction in women? How might a woman's sex addiction be noticed by others?

Sex addiction. Sex addiction is characterized by compulsive sexual thoughts and acts which increase over time. It may be limited to compulsive masturbation/watching porn, but may also include escalating sexual activity with multiple partners. Like with other addictions, family relationships ; other roles suffer. Women are more likely than men to call it "love addiction." http://tinyurl.Com/n5ay2j8 much shame. Read more...
Addiction. Sex addiction , any addiction , can be seen as a manifestation of a shame response. It can cause shame but it's also a response to shame. I understand shame to be a physical feeling that results from not getting what we want. When that happens we can try to run away , blame ourselves for the hurt , blame others for the hurt or we can act out indulging in activities that can become addictive. Read more...

What are the symptoms of sex addiction?

The symptoms of. Any addiction are remarkable similar. An obsession with the "substance", a loss of interest in other activities, an unmanageable lifestyle, potentially harmful consequences, escalation of "use", and an inability to simply stop. Read more...
Sex Addiction? Not everyone considers "sex addiction" a useful diagnosis, in the first place. Read Dr. Marty Klein's thoughtful perspective on it: http://www.martyklein.com/why-sexual-addiction-is-not-a-useful-diagnosis-and-why-it-matters/ Suggest consulting w/ a sex-positive therapist to understand concerns you may have about yourself (or other person) in relation to compulsive sexual behavior. Read more...

What is the aspect of sex addiction & hyper religiousity that keeps people in aa sober?

Wow - generalization. Alcoholics anonymous is a program that incorporates spirituality (not religion). Although there are some alcohol dependent individuals who also have sexual addictions - that is by no means the majority. People come back because it provides hope. It helps to keep them alive and helps to keep them sane. Read more...

Is sex addiction real?

Impairment. Any addiction is "real" when it causes impairment of function. For example if the sex addiction causes one to expose themselves to danger or not take basic health precautions. Read more...
Is it real for you? You might consider attending a mutual support meeting for sexual compulsivity. Listen to the experience of others for whom sex addiction is real before you decide for yourself. Read more...
Yes! Many professionals think that behavioral addictions are not legitimate, just "bad habits." but if a behavior takes over your life or interferes with other major parts of life, it may be that the behavior (internet, gambling, sex, food, etc) is affecting yr brain chemistry similar to an intoxicating chemical. Abstinence ; support from others helps, see http://www.Netaddiction.Com/. Read more...