Sam squirmed uncomfortably in his chair, finding it difficult to look in my eyes as he talked about his porn habit, which in the past few months had overtaken his life. Sam is beginning to realize he is a sex addict. That term began receiving renewed scrutiny last fall when former film producer Harvey Weinstein declared that was what ailed him and entered rehab in an effort to escape criminal prosecution for his alleged assaults. Regardless of the name used, this disorder is not listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-5 which is used by practitioners to diagnose psychiatric illnesses. The rationale for the exclusion is that sex addiction does not cause physical symptoms of withdrawal such as illness or anxiety. However, this exclusion makes it extremely difficult to receive reimbursement for treatment.
The reality of living with a sex addict
Married Partners of Sex Addicts
For centuries, experts believed that the human desire for sex was primarily powered by our innate drive to procreate as a species. Today however, we now know that while there is significant truth in the age-old reproduction theory, there are other key motivators at play. From goal-based motivation to reproduce through to a physical desire for pleasure or an emotional yearning to express love, commitment or gratitude through sex - the act is inextricably linked and intertwined on multiple levels with our emotions, relationships and with society overall. In short, for the majority, sexual activity is an inevitable and natural part of our existence. While for most people these behaviours will sit within everyday life without causing any issues, for others these urges become uncontrollable and addictive behaviour can develop - often leading to personal, financial and professional problems. Sex addiction or hypersexuality is generally defined as any sexual activity that feels irrepressible. This could be through sex with a partner, but it may also involve masturbation, pornography, paying for sex or engaging in indirect sexual activity online.
Signs and Symptoms of Sex Addiction
FREE addiction assessment at your nearest Priory hospital. Sex and love addiction are widely misunderstood intimacy disorders characterised by destructive sexual behaviours that can have a devastating impact on your life, as well as on the lives of those who care about or depend upon you. Treatment for sex and love addiction at Priory involves a variety of inpatient and outpatient based behavioural therapy programmes, which can also include Priory's Addiction Treatment Programme.
Your doctor or other mental health professional can do a psychological evaluation, which may involve answering questions about your:. With your permission, your mental health professional may also request input from family and friends. There's an ongoing debate in the psychiatric community about exactly how to define compulsive sexual behavior because it's not always easy to determine when sexual behavior becomes problematic.