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What is sex addiction?

Sex addiction is defined as a lack of control over sexual thoughts, urges, and impulses. While sexual impulses are natural, sex addiction only refers to behaviors that are done in excess and significantly impact one’s life in a negative way. 

A person with sex addiction may have a compulsive need to be sexually stimulated. This desire often interferes with their ability to live their daily life. Sexual addictions can come in many different forms, including addiction to: 

Sexual acts
Watching or consuming pornography
Masturbation or sexual fantasy 
Exhibition or voyeurism


Sex addicts may alter their activities to perform sexual acts persistently, unable to control their behavior despite any consequences. This compulsive sexual behavior can have serious personal consequences. Like drug or alcohol addiction, sex addiction can impact physical health, mental health, personal relationships, and quality of life. 


Signs of a Sex Addict

Obsessive Sexual Thoughts 

Spending Excessive Time on Sex

Feeling Shame or Depression 

Excluding Other Activities

Masturbating Excessively 

Engaging in Risky or Inappropriate Behaviors

Cheating on Partners 

Committing Criminal Sex Offenses 

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