In compulsive sexual behavior, a person is unable to control his sexual conduct. Constant and recurring sexual thoughts hamper their workability, marriages, relations, and daily course of life. Many people call this a sexual problem or addiction. But, the therapist, counselors, and educators of AAS (American Association of Sexuality) have released recommendations to indicate that porn and sexual addiction cannot be regarded as psychological problems that can be diagnosed because of the absence of empirical proof.(1)
What Are The Ways To Prevent Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder?
Since the origin of compulsive sexual behavior disorder still not understood, it isn’t obvious how it can be avoided or prevented. But some measures may help you to keep this form of compulsive behavior under control. It is vital to seek help at the initial stage of the disorder. Any delay in asking for treatment may cause serious problems and aggravate the condition considerably.
- Identification and treatment of early symptoms may lead to the complete cure of compulsive sexual behavior disorder over time. On the other hand, if the issue persists for long, the situation may cause soaring problems such as indulging in harmful activities, the onset of relationship problems, and feelings of shame or guilt.
- Pursue early treatment for problems with mental health. Depression or fear may aggravate this condition significantly.
- Recognize and seek assistance for drug and alcohol abuse concerns. Abuse with drugs will lead to a loss of discipline and control with a sense of sadness, which may result in poor decision making and driving you to unhealthy as well as risky sexual conduct.
- Avoid circumstances that are risky. Do not position yourself in scenarios in which you are inclined to indulge in risky sexual activities and endanger yourself or others.(1)
Does Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder Reoccur?
Compulsive sexual behavior disorder may affect both males and females, although it is often more prevalent in males. It may also influence anyone irrespective of race or sexual orientation. Factors contributing to the increased risk of compulsive sexual behavior disorder include easy access to sexually explicit content. Technological advancement and the introduction of social media make access to sexual information and content such as videos and images much easier. The privacy and secrecy of such behaviors make this issue to exacerbate gradually over time.
In fact, there may be a greater risk of sexual addiction in people with:
- A previous record of sexual or physical violence and abuse
- Family disputes or families where other members are suffering from addiction issues
- Has gambling addition
- Problems of drinking or drug abuse
- Suffering from other psychological disorders (anxiety, depression, mood swing)
Compulsive sexual behavior disorder is not easy to treat since an individual can justify their actions and habits, and the pattern of thoughts. Individuals who are engaged in sexual desire may argue that no problem exists. Current therapy is designed to reduce signs of psychological health issues and control unwanted sexual activities. Measures also foster the development of healthy relationships and behaviors. It is helpful to use Anti-androgens, Antidepressants, Mood stabilizers, and Naltrexone under medical guidance.(4)
Symptoms Of Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder
The following features indicate sexual compulsion:
- A failure pattern for a long time while trying to regulate extreme sexual urges and repeated sexual behavior
- Multiple unsuccessful attempts to overcome repeated sexual behavior considerably
- Not enough anxiety or distress experienced by the affected person, which is normally associated with such behavior (hypersexuality) from the moral point of view.
- Recurrent behaviors causing considerable distress or damage to personal life, social and family relations, professional or educational front, and other crucial areas of life
- Repeated sexual conduct even after negative consequences or having no or limited satisfaction from the conduct
- Repeating sexual acts that can mature as the main point in the life of the affected person to the extent where safety, personal care, health, and other desires, tasks, and obligations are overlooked.(2)
This remains unclear what is the reason behind compulsive sexual behavior. Several researchers have postulated that the receptors in the brain responsible for drug abuse also play a key role in compulsive sexual behavior disorder. There is, indeed, no reliable source of scientific proof to support this hypothesis. The underlying problems of mental health, including depression, can cause sexual addiction. Various states of moods in a person, such as joy, loneliness, and sadness could also contribute to this lack of ability to regulate sexual conduct in individuals with compulsive sexual behavior disorder.(3)
- Carnes PJ, Adams KM. Clinical management of sex addiction. Routledge; 2019.
- Derbyshire KL, Grant JE. Compulsive sexual behavior: A review of the literature. Journal of behavioral addictions. 2015;4(2):37-43.
- Kraus SW, Voon V, Potenza MN. Neurobiology of compulsive sexual behavior: emerging science. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2016;41(1):385.
- Schmidt C, Morris LS, Kvamme TL, Hall P, Birchard T, Voon V. Compulsive sexual behavior: prefrontal and limbic volume and interactions. Human brain mapping. 2017;38(3):1182-1190.
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