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Sex addicts are people who engage in compulsive sexual encounters with multiple partners with whom they are not emotionally engaged. While they may enjoy the sex as it is taking place, afterwards, they feel terrible about themselves. As with any addiction, they are usually using it to avoid dealing with other psychological problems…
Fortunately, like all addictions, help is available. Nobody has to live their life suffering the pain and shame of a sexual addiction.
Sexual addiction may comprise a wide range of compulsive sexual behaviors. In some cases, it can be filed under paraphilia, if the addiction involves "recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors generally involving 1) nonhuman objects, 2) the suffering or humiliation of oneself or one's partner, or 3) children or other nonconsenting persons" (DSM-IV, 2000, p. 566). Statistically speaking, "paraphilias are considered rare, affecting only a small percentage of the US population. Researchers have a difficult time trying to determine a specific percentage of involved individuals because many of the acts are illegal and reporting methods typically are unreliable" (Bellnir, 2005, p. 328). This is the case for any kind of sexual disorder, because the stigma involved with sexual problems prevents many people from discussing their problems or seeking help.
Usually when we talk of sexual addiction, we are referring to behaviors that involve compulsive sexual acts, most likely with a variety of partners, particularly when t ...
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