We Need To Talk About Sex Addiction | Paula Hall | TEDx
How do you know if you or a partner have a sexual addiction?
The definition of sexual addiction is not being able to manage the sexual behaviour. Major areas of life is affected in a negative way duo to sexual behaviours and thoughts, such as work, relationships and the day to day life.
High mental preoccupation about sexual behaviours and fantasies.
If left untreated sexual addicts often experience intense feelings of shame and guilt. Its effect on peoples self-image and self-esteem is very negative. Its not uncommon to experience heavy anxiety and fall into clinical depression.
Sex is a natural part of our lives, but it becomes a real problem for many people when acting out sexually in ways they feel they have no way of controlling, and in despite of attempts to manage and cut back.
A sexual addiction can often coexist alongside other addictions.
Activities associated with sexual addiction include:
- multiple affairs, sexual partners, and one-night stands
- practicing unsafe sex
- persistent use of pornography
- visiting prostitutes or practicing prostitution
- compulsive masturbation
The addicted person continues to engage in the behaviours despite major negative consequences in many aspects of life. sign of sexual addiction include:
- Physical: might have STDs or unintended pregnancies.
- Financial: Spending money on porn and prostitutes. Lost wages due to the impact of an addiction on the ability to uphold quality performance on the job.
- Emotional: Depression & Anxiety.
- Social: Family relations are impaired. Jobs may be affected or lost.
- Legal: Arrests for behaviours such as soliciting sex from prostitutes, having sex in public, and sexual harassment.
Other signs of a sex addiction include:
- Efforts to stop the sexual behavior, but the inability to do so.
- Withdrawal: When a person tries to stop, or is prevented from acting out, he or she might experience irritability, anger, restlessness, and extreme frustration.
- Escalation: over time the behaviors become riskier and more intense when what once provided a thrill no longer does.
- Inability to fulfill obligations: Missing work due to visiting prostitutes, for example, or not paying bills because of money spent on porn.
- Preoccupation with sex as it becomes all-consuming and is used as a way to escape.
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