Can Sex Offenders Recover?

As mentioned in a previous blog, the clinical definition of sexual offending is nonconsensual sexual behavior. This differs from the legal definition, which varies by jurisdiction. For purposes of this blog, we will utilize the clinical rather than the legal definition when discussing sexual offending and offenders.

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Understanding Sex Addiction: A Guide for Partners

If you have determined, either through a partner’s admission or your own investigation, that your spouse is a sex addict, you are, no doubt, experiencing the pain and emotional upheaval of betrayal, fear and uncertainty. What happens next? Is the relationship ruined? Is it possible to overcome the addiction, the betrayal and the brokenness? Before taking drastic action, it is important to understand a few things about sex addiction, how your partner’s behavior relates to you, and what you can do.

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Welcome to the NoFAP Community

Known as “fapstronauts” (or “femstronauts” for the ladies), these are men and women who are taking a stand against their porn and masturbation addictions. They are people who have seen masturbation, or fapping, control their lives, steal their focus and productivity, and damage their sex lives. And now they want help.

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Sexual Anorexia Within Sexual Addiction

McKenna met her partner, Dan,were in graduate school at Kent State where they were both sociology students. It was his particular attention to analysis that appealed to her; anyone who loved pouring over the data as much as she did was special. They stayed up until morning on many occasions, talking theory over cheap beer and pizza, and the sex was amazing. When they were both offered positions in research at UCLA it felt like destiny—if McKenna had believed in destiny.

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New Perspective on Sexual Addiction

Sexual addiction, also known as hypersexuality or compulsive sexual behavior, is a common term for patterns of sex-related thought and action that roughly approximate the patterns found in people addicted to alcohol or drugs.

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DSM 5: Understanding Exhibitionistic Disorder

Exhibitionistic disorder is a mental health condition that centers on a need to expose one’s genitals to other people (typically strangers caught off guard) in order to gain sexual satisfaction. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) classifies the condition within a larger group of illnesses called paraphilic disorders. All people with exhibitionistic disorder have a pattern of sexual conduct called exhibitionism; however, not all exhibitionists qualify for a diagnosis of exhibitionistic disorder. The specific criteria for such a diagnosis are contained in the new fifth edition of an APA reference guide called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. [Read more…]

Differences Between Sex Addiction and People Who Engage in Frequent Sex

Sex addiction, like compulsive gambling or dependence on substances, is real – and researchers are looking more closely than ever at who may be living with the complex disorder. They are seeking to understand how they compare to people who may engage in a great deal of sexual activity without the life-disrupting symptoms of the addiction. [Read more…]

Sex Addiction and Enjoying Sex: Not the Same

The bare bones about sex addiction are straightforward. Sex addiction includes repeated actions that are connected to sex – including obsessive thoughts, obsessive use of pornography, and compulsive use of paid services or obsessive masturbation. [Read more…]

What is Nymphonania?

Nymphomania is a female-specific term sometimes used to describe the unofficial mental disorder known by names that include compulsive sexual behavior, hypersexuality and sexual addiction. The male-specific term for the same condition is satyriasis. Reference to a woman as a "nymphomaniac" or "nympho" has a negative connotation linked historically to attempts to control female sexual desire and women’s roles in society. In modern times, people still sometimes use these terms for more or less the same purposes. However, in reality, while women do develop sexual addictions, the problem appears more frequently in men.

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When is a Sex Addiction Real?

Some people cheat, juggle many lovers, have multiple relations and watch porn. Could it be just your desire for different appetites or are you a sexual addict? A sex addiction is defined as the inability to cease sexual behaviors even when it damages your life, according to a recent news article.

The number of therapists for sexual addictions has risen worldwide in the past five years from 400 to over 1,000 according to the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals.

IITAP Vice President Tami VerHelst says debate is flaring up over whether compulsive sexual behaviors are really a disorder in themselves or not. Perhaps they are just the result of bad decision making. Hypersexual disorder is being talked about for inclusion in the DSM-V addition to be published in 2013.

Rory Reid, a clinical psychologist and principal investigator says the term addiction is overused for anything that is pleasurable and he thinks the label lacks any empirical evidence from genetics, neuroimaging or studies that assess patterns of tolerance and withdrawal.

The DSM-IV currently has an entry titled "sexual disorder not otherwise specified" and is defined as distress about constant sexual relationships with a string of lovers that exist just to be used. Reid feels the description is limiting and vague.

An adult needs to meet the following four out of five criteria in order to be diagnosed with hypersexual disorder:

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