Compulsive sexual behavior
Sex is a normal part of life. But too much of anything is not good and the same is for sex.
Compulsive sexual behavior is when the desire for
sex is overwhelming and you are so intensely preoccupied with this need
that it interferes with your job and your relationships. Compulsive
sexual behavior interferes with relationships, work, friendships, and
lifestyle. It is having sex with multiple partners or prostitutes, and
treating them as objects to be used for sex.
When a person spend inordinate amounts of time in sexually related
activities and neglects important aspects of daily it creates problem
as sexual obsessions and compulsions are recurrent, distressing and
interfere with daily functioning. There are a number of people who
suffer from such problems but finding harmony about them among sexual
scientists or treatment professionals is not easy. This creates
difficulty for those suffering from compulsive sexual behavior to get
the appropriate help they need.
Compulsive sexual behavior is also known as hypersexuality,
nymphomania or erotomania. It is also called “sex addiction”. Whatever
the name attached to the behavior, compulsive sexual behavior is a very
real trouble that interferes with everyday living. Compulsive sexual
behavior is most common among men according to Current research.
There are two basic types of compulsive sexual behavior paraphilic and nonparaphilic.
Paraphilic behaviors involves unconventional sexual behaviors that is compulsive and, consequently devoid of love and intimacy.
Nonparaphilic CSB involves conventional and normative sexual behavior taken that has been taken to a compulsive extreme
Some of such behaviors are short-lived but sexual
obsessions and compulsions may also interfere with daily functioning or
be accompanied by a variety of medical problems.
When such people have sexual activity it provides temporary relief,
but it is followed by further distress. There is risk for STDs,
illnesses and injuries to persons engaging in CSB. They also
experiences moral, social, and legal sanctions, and endure great
A person, who often engages in risky sex, has a lot of sexual
partners and often mixes sex with drugs or alcohol is into sex
addiction. Like all addictions, it has negative impact on the addict
and the family members.
Compulsive sexual behavior leads to compulsive masturbation or the
extensive use of pornography or phone or computer sex services. But at
times this addiction can involve illegal activities such as
exhibitionism, voyeurism, obscene phone calls, child molestation or
rape. Sex addicts do not necessarily become sex offenders and it is
also true that not all sex offenders are sex addicts
Sexually obsessive behavior at times is chronic,
intense and beyond your control. This may be caused due to some
emotional problems including mood and personality disorders. It could
also be due to other psychological disorders. Experts believe that if a
person grow up in a dysfunctional family or was sexually, emotionally
or physically abused as a child, he or she may developed an unhealthy
attitude toward sex. On feeling lonely and depressed, people perceive
sexual compulsions as a way of filling the voids in their life. In some
cases, compulsive sexual behavior can be caused by a neurologic
disorder, just like an epilepsy or Alzheimer’s disease.
their own or through simple information, education, or brief counseling
can resolve the problematic sexual behavior. They can also be treated
by group therapy and medications.