Sexual addiction is similar to other compulsive behaviors; a destructive twist in an activity that is life-enhancing. Defining sex addiction depends on less on the behavior itself, but more personal motivations.
Sexual addiction lies in the lack of ability to control or postpone sexual feelings or actions. Need to replace the excitement of privacy. Finally, seeking becomes more important than family, career, even personal health, and safety. While sexual concerns are growing in terms of time and energy, sex addict follows a routine as they act on desires, which is followed by feelings of rejection, shame, despair and confusion.
It may be useful to submit definitions of addiction on closer inspection. Addiction is characterized by the use or the repeated, compulsive search of a substance or activity, despite the consequences of social, psychological and / or physical. Addiction is often, but not always accompanied by physical dependence, withdrawal syndrome, and tolerance.
Sexual expression is part of everyday life, but the moment your sexual thoughts start affecting your health, relationships, work or other parts of your life, you should consider yourself a patient of compulsive sexual behavior. Compulsive sexual behavior sometimes called hypersexuality, nymphomania or sexual addiction can involve a pleasurable sexual experience, but it later becomes an obsession. Usually, these involve fantasies or activities that are something out of cultural, legal or moral boundaries.
No matter how or what you call it, but compulsive sexual behavior can actually cause an untreated harm to self-esteem, relationships that you have, career and people around you. Sex addiction is revealed in stages as follows:
Interest: Permanent fantasies about sexual situations and opportunities.
Ritualization: An activity or situation where sex is reduced to a stereotype and repeated.
Need Unchecked: Consistent involvement in sexual activity, despite negative consequences.
Despair: Guilt caused by the inability to control your behavior to have remorse.
Others: Behavioral issues, chemical dependency, and food problems.
Overcoming compulsive sexual behavior or sexual addiction begins by recognizing that that person concerned no longer have control over his/her sexuality. To get to this stage a thorough analysis of the person, his emotional, physical, or financial problems is conducted.
Symptoms of Compulsive Sexual Behavior
According to experts, sexual impulses are intense and cannot be controlled. Another symptom of compulsive sexual behavior is when you want to get involved in a particular sex act, but in such activity, you fail to find a source of pleasure. In some studies, it has been noticed that patients with compulsive sexual behavior always want to “run away” from other problems such as loneliness, depression, anxiety or stress and to them, sex is the best alternative. These sex maniacs continue to practice risky sexual acts, although they are aware of the consequences such as the transmission of STDs, loss of important relationships, problems at work or legal problems.
“They have difficulty initiating or maintaining emotional closeness, even if they are married or in a serious relationship. They will still vote of multiple partners, extramarital affairs, sex with anonymous partners or prostitutes.
Despite, changing partner on the daily basis, these sex addicts will always avoid involving in a sexual relationship and will never shy away from using sexual services by telephone or the internet. Excessive masturbation, frequent use of pornography, masochistic or sadistic sex practices, exhibitionism, and a burning obsession for finding a sexual partner are few more symptoms of these sex addicts.
Causes Behind Compulsive Sexual Behavior
Before treating this disorder, which is both psychological and medical, one must understand the causes. Some studies say that it is purely a chemical imbalance in the brain. Certain amounts of chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin, dopamine or norepinephrine may lead to this type of behavior. The level of sex hormones such as Androgens that are found in men and women play an important role here. They have an essential role in sexual desire, but it is not yet known to what degree they influence compulsive sexual behavior influences.
Certain diseases or health problems can damage the brain part that causes this behavior. Multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Huntington’s disease or dementia are associated with compulsive sexual behavior. In addition, the treatment for Parkinson’s disease with dopamine can cause this. This behavior can be caused by the changes that occur in the nervous circuits. Now, as you know the symptoms and causes, the next thing is – Do you need help right away?
Compulsive sexual behavior is not classified as a disease in itself, so diagnosis depends upon on its’ severity. Before asking for professional help from a doctor, ask yourself these questions:
– Can I control sexual urges?
– My behavior hurts my sexual relationships, work or creates unpleasant effects?
– Thinking constantly about sex, even if I do not stand the thought of that?
– Do I try to hide my sexual behavior?