9 Facts You Need To Know About Sex Addiction

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While some people are inappropriately labeled "sex addicts" — providing a blanket excuse for all kinds of irresponsible sexual behavior — others truly suffer from uncontrollable sexual impulses, or sex addiction. The main symptoms of sex addiction include a loss of control, failed attempts to stop unwanted sexual behavior, and a pattern of negative consequences from anxiety to depression and legal problems.  4 Things You May Not Know About Sex Addiction

 

Here are some facts about sex addiction you may not know:

  1. It is common among those with Bipolar Disorder to engage in high-risk sexual activities during manic states.
  2. People with Borderline Personality Disorder engage in unsafe sexual activities as a general pattern of self-injurious behavior.
  3. Often those with severe identity confusion regarding their own sexual orientation engage in compulsive sexual behavior.
  4. People with sexual disorders like exhibitionism, pedophilia and severe fetishes require much more than sex addiction treatment since their behavior victimizes others. Not all are sex addicts; some are antisocial personalities.

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  5. Victims of childhood sexual abuse often repeat pattern of abuse in a subconscious attempt to gain control over their childhood trauma. People in this category generally suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder.
  6. Adolescents and young adults who are intellectually delayed can develop a pattern of compulsive sexual behavior, as a result of not having developed an accurate understanding of healthy sexuality.
  7. Substance abusers frequently develop 
sexually addictive behavior in one of two ways. Either the problem develops while they are abusing stimulants, or when they quit using drugs, sexual addiction develops as a sort of substitute addiction. Help! I'm In Love With A Drunk
  8. Those with Dependent Personality Disorder, or love addiction, can become sexually addicted as well. Love addicts use sex to get love and can base their entire identity on the relationship, thus becoming totally dependent on that person.


  9. Men with Aspergers Syndrome often exhibit out-of-control sexual behaviors.


When a couple enters therapy, and one partner exhibits uncontrollable sexual impulses, the betrayed partner often feels victimized and asks me "fix it." Usually, both partners believe that responsibility lies solely with the partner who  has acted out sexually. Unfortunately, for the relationship to survive one partner's sex addiction, they both have to work for it. 3 Steps To Overcome Sex Addiction

While the sexually addicted partner must assume responsibility for his behavior in order to regain the trust of his partner, the victimized partner must learn how to trust him again, which is never easy. However, with patience and commitment, it can be done.

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