Sex addiction, also known as hypersexual disorder, is a medical condition where an individual cannot manage their sexual behavior. An addicts mind is constantly preoccupied with sexual thoughts, affecting and altering their life. Sexual addiction, like a drug or alcohol dependence, affects the person’s mental health and quality of life.
Signs and symptoms of sexual addiction differ from person to person. Sexual addiction can be present in different forms so you will need to be on the look-out for a number of signs. There are some symptoms that are common to most of the sex addicts, some of which are:-
· Exploit others for sex
Sexual addict might be an ordinary guy who cares for his/her partner and is kind to animals and children. But when it comes to sex, people become just an object to fulfill your desire. They won’t care about other’s needs or feelings. For sex addicts, people are like toys, something to satisfy them and addicts will go to any length to get what they want.
· Preoccupied with sex
A sex addict’s mind is constantly filled with sexual thoughts. Most of them can’t concentrate on anything for a long period of time without going back to sexual thoughts; it is either having a sexual act or thinking about one. This affects their ability to function normally in daily life.
· Frequent masturbation
Sex addicts are known to masturbate frequently, and by frequently we mean masturbating whenever they can during the day. They might do it in the morning, after lunch and right before going to sleep. The desire to engage in some kind of a sexual activity is so strong that an addict may masturbate right after having sex with his/her partner. So, if you are masturbating frequently, then you might have an addiction.
· No control over urges
A person who is a sex addict is always on the lookout for sex. They have a really hard time controlling their urge to engage in a sexual activity. This might make them do things that are reckless and/or illegal such as liaising with prostitutes or having one night stands with women. This might also lead them to sexually harass or molest others, not to mention put themselves at risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases.
· Lack of Emotional Bonding
Sex addicts fail to form any kind of emotional bond with their partners. They have no interest in forming an emotional bond with individuals they are having sex with. This is one of the reasons why they can have satisfaction from pornography where there is no emotional bond formed.
· Relations with multiple partners
Sexual addicts are never satisfied and always on the prowl for a new partner to have sex with. They have no qualms about having extra-marital affairs and multiple one-night stands. Sexual addicts might also resort to voyeurism to satiate their hunger.
Sex addiction can wreck a person’s life. From poor productivity at work to emotional consequences, the list is endless. There is no particular test that diagnoses sex addiction. The treatment for it is based on psychological aspects such as avoiding triggers and undergoing cognitive therapy. Medication can help but not much. The right way to overcome sex addiction is by taking small steps, learning about the triggers, and managing them.