The symptoms of sexual addiction are varied with sexual behaviors that change from person to person.
What defines addiction to sex is the repetition of behavior in time, for over a year, with obsessive sexual thoughts and, what is called, a "sexual filter": thoughts and social relationships are Other factors that define sex addiction are the loss of time and control.
As in other addictions, there is an irresistible craving for sex - and tolerance: we need to increase the doses of sexual media to reach pleasure. The sexual life, focused on certain activities, is dissociated from the love life.
There are also symptoms of withdrawal when the subject can not consume: anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, sweating, nausea, increased heart rate and respiratory rate. Importantly, the sex addict does not suffer from associated paraphilia (child pornography, exhibitionism, rubbing.). Indeed, the existence of a sexual perversion exludes the diagnosis.
The different sexual behaviors
The most common reasons for counseling are compulsive masturbation, and online sexuality including pornographic cyberdependence. Other clinical forms of sex addiction include multiple and compulsive sex (with prostitutes, escorts, extra-marital sex, unprotected and repeated sex with multiple partners), Sex Phone (Compulsive use of the phone for sexual conversations, masturbation, excessive expenses, multiple subscriptions to sites related to sex), seduction with compulsive partner search.
The consequences of addiction to sex
The excessive use of pornography in the sex addict can have a negative impact on the relationship with a decrease in trust in the relationship, a decrease in sexual relations in the couple, a decrease in erection, an increase in criticism concerning the partner's body, conjugal tensions.
Risks of sexually transmitted infections related to unsafe sex, unprotected (HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis.), Risks of unwanted pregnancy are possible. Addiction to sex may be associated with depression, anxiety, relationship and intimacy difficulties, work problems, financial loss, decreased sexual satisfaction, decreased interest in offline sexual activity, shame, guilt, loneliness, and lower self-esteem. Co-addictions to tobacco, alcohol or illicit drugs are common in sex addicts.
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