What is sex addiction?
Sex addiction happens when you experience compulsive sexual urges and engage in sexual activities significantly more often, to the point of losing a lot of time to it, experiencing loss of control, and feeling a dependence on practicing sexual activities. It may reach a point where acting on the behaviors may be harmful to you and the people around you.
This condition may encompass various excessive and compulsive sexual engagements, such as:
- Sexual intercourse (with multiple partners)
- Consumption of pornography
- Engaging in cybersex
- Access to prostitution
- Illegal sexual practices
This condition may be intensified further due to accessibility to sexual content and privacy in doing compulsive acts.
If left untreated, according to the American Addiction Centers, you may experience more intense urges that can lead to serious effects, including:
- Personal damages
- Health risks
- Occupational risks
- Substance abuse
- Legal consequences
When to call a doctor?
Admitting that there is a problem in controlling one’s sexual behavior and urges can be difficult for people with symptoms of sex addiction. According to the American Addiction Centers, people with this condition are hesitant in seeking help in addressing the problem. However, this hesitation may lead to adverse effects on their social and personal life.
Seeking help in treating the issue can benefit those with symptoms of sex addiction. The first step for this is to recognize and assess the signs of compulsive sexual behavior early on. You can look for signs that suggest that your sexual behaviors are not under control, or that they adversely affect your and other people’s wellbeing.