Sex Addiction

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The amount of time spent on sexual or sex-related activities, including fantasies, decides if a person has a healthy sexual appetite or has crossed the line to become an addict.

According to Patrick Carnes, director of the sexual-addiction program at Pine Grove where Tiger Woods is being treated, "If you're spending over 14 hours a week doing something sexual or quasi-sexual, like cruising the internet for porn or cruising the streets looking for a particular type of prostitute, you're in the addictiverange."

The individual tends to exhibit obsessive compulsive behavior that is often completely against societal norms. However, there is a disregard for outside reactions and the person is quite blatant in his approach. It must be noted that there is no emotional growth in any relationship as the individual is focused only on the ecstasy that sex can offer.

Other common symptoms include -

Bullet Intense, compulsive or uncontrollable sexual impulses

Bullet Multiple sex partners

Bullet Sex with anonymous partners or with prostitutes

Bullet Watching /stocking excessive pornography either at work place or home

Bullet Exhibitionism

Bullet Feel in control during sex, and depressed afterwards

Bullet Fixation on someone who is unattainable

Bullet Regular participation in cyber sex or explicit phone services

Bullet Demand sex from partner without taking into regard time or situation

Bullet Engage in risky sexual behavior such as sadistic or masochistic sex, despite serious consequences

Bullet Excessive masturbation

Bullet No display of intimacy during or after sex

Bullet No emotional involvement in any relationship

Sex addiction cannot be cured by treating the symptoms because the root cause is far, far deeper!

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Sam125 Friday, February 11, 2011

this guy has a book that has some quite good advice I read it through and it made some sense

ennairam_23 Tuesday, February 1, 2011

People who have sex addiction should get help soon. It can save their lives and their relationship with other people.

reejatharu Thursday, May 27, 2010

a person overtly indulging in sexual acts or fantasies is often very conscious of his excesses but it takes a professional to evaluate the symptoms and confirm the addiction. of course, not all the 'sexually overinclined' are addicted!

forwardtherapy Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Could this idea of 'sex addiction' be missing something? For every person who thinks that they might have a 'sex addiction', there is a unique story about how they have come to this understanding. We are constantly making meaning out of the events and situations of our lives. A good therapist or counselor will help a person explore these meanings and come to a richer and more useful description of what might be troubling them and the way forward.

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