Compulsive Sexual Behavior

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Definition

Compulsive sexual behavior is an individual's preoccupation and overwhelming urge for sex. It is also called hypersexuality, nymphomania, or erotomania.

Diagnosis

Determining whether an individual has compulsive sexual behavior is difficult. Thus, specialists conduct a thorough psychological evaluation to determine whether the behavior has negatively affected an individual's life. The specialist may ask about his or her emotional health including sexual thoughts, and behaviors and compulsions. Family and friends may also be asked for their observations. The individual may also undergo a thorough physical examination to determine whether a physical condition is causing the sexual addiction.

Treatment

Treatment of compulsive sexual behavior is focused on managing sexual urges and reducing excessive behaviors while healthy sexual activities are maintained. Individuals may be treated through psychotherapy, medications, and self-help groups.

Symptoms and Signs

Compulsive sexual behavior symptoms may be chronic or intense. Individuals with the behavior often indulge in sex to escape from other problems, such as anxiety, loneliness, depression, or stress but cannot achieve emotional fulfillment. They may also engage in risky sexual behavior.

Causes

The behavior has no known cause but research on possible causes such as brain abnormalities, natural brain chemicals, androgens, and changes in the brain's circuitry are underway.

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