So, what is a sex addict? A sex addict is someone has turned compulsively to sexual behaviors in order to cope with negative feelings and the ups and downs of life. These behaviors can range from masturbation, looking at pornography, anonymous encounters, fantasizing, etc. The sex addict is unable to stop these behaviors for any great length without outside help. Different individuals do have differing sex drives. The difference between someone who has a healthy sex drive and one who is a sex addict lies in the issue of satisfaction.
Compulsive sexual behavior is a condition in which an individual cannot manage their sexual behavior. Persistent sexual thoughts interfere with their ability to work, maintain relationships, and complete their daily activities. Some people refer to compulsive sexual behavior as sexual addiction. However, the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists AASECT published guidelines advising that sex addiction and porn addiction are not diagnosable psychological disorders due to a lack of empirical evidence. In this article, we explain compulsive sexual behavior, including its symptoms and treatments, and the controversies around its diagnostic criteria.
Five things every recovering sex addict needs to know about fantasy
Many people live with heads full of fantasies. This is especially true of sex addicts. Some of these fantasies are sexual, some are not. Along with sexual fantasies, many of us have fantasies about what it would be like to have a certain amount of money, drive a certain car, or achieve a certain celebrity status.
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