Am I a Sex Addict?
- Do you often find yourself preoccupied with sexual thoughts?
- Is your sexual behavior interfering with important parts of your life (work, family, friends, hobbies)?
- Has your sexual behavior ever created problems for you or your family?
- Have you attempted to stop or cut back on sexual behavior but been unable to do so?
- Do you hide some of your sexual behaviors from others?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be struggling with sexual addiction. Sexual addiction (also referred to as sexual compulsivity or hypersexual disorder) can be defined as a disorder in which a person feels driven to engage in sexual behavior whether they want to or not and despite negative consequences.
Sexual addiction is not limited to a certain gender or to specific sexual behaviors or practices but is about the driven, compulsive pursuit and use of sex in whatever form it may take. For sex addicts, sex becomes separated from intimacy, relationship, pleasure and enjoyment. Instead sex becomes focused on the high of arousal, the medication of feelings, and the compulsive meeting of a growing and insatiable need for more.
To assess for sexual addiction, click here to take the online Sexual Addiction Screening Test.