Compulsive sexual behavior is sometimes called hypersexuality, hypersexual disorder, nymphomania or sexual addiction.
It's an obsession with sexual thoughts, urges or behaviors that may cause you distress or that negatively affects your health, job, relationships or other parts of your life.
Compulsive sexual behavior may involve a commonly enjoyable sexual experience (for example, self-stimulation) that becomes an obsession and becomes disruptive or harmful to you or others.
Symptoms of compulsive sexual behavior
Compulsive sexual behavior symptoms vary in type and severity. Some indications that you may be struggling with compulsive sexual behavior include:
👉🏻 Your sexual impulses are intense and feel as if they're beyond your control
👉🏻 Even though you feel driven to do certain sexual behaviors, you may or may not find the activity a source of pleasure or satisfaction
👉🏻 You use compulsive sexual behavior as an escape from other problems, such as loneliness, depression, anxiety or stress
👉🏻 You continue to engage in sexual behaviors that have serious consequences, such as the potential for getting or giving someone else a sexually transmitted infection, the loss of important relationships, trouble at work, or legal problems
👉🏻 You have trouble establishing and maintaining emotional closeness, even if you're married or in a committed relationship.
Causes of compulsive sexual behavior
Although the causes of compulsive sexual behavior are unclear, they may include:
√ An imbalance of natural brain chemicals. Certain chemicals in your brain (neurotransmitters) such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine help regulate your mood. High levels may be related to compulsive sexual behavior.
√ Conditions that affect the brain. Certain diseases or health problems may cause damage to parts of the brain that affect sexual behavior.
√ Early exposure to sex that reconfigure the brain pleasure part..
Author: Arowosegbe Olanrewaju, RN
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