What’s Hypersexuality?Hypersexuality or sexual addiction is a dysfunctional sexual behavior that is characterized by excessive sexual fantasy coupled with the obsessive pursuit of casual or non-intimate sex, compulsive masturbation, exposure to pornography, and sexual inclinations towards objectified partners for at least six months. Hypersexuality is characterized by sexual obsessions that would linger despite personal efforts to correct the behavior; despite promises made to partners to stop exhibiting such; and despite the negative impact of sexual behavior on relationships, physical and emotional concerns. It should be clarified that sexual addiction is a form of process addiction that takes off of one gradually. Other addictive habits such as binge eating, impulsive spending, and gambling are variants of a process addiction. What this reveals is the fact that sexual addicts of hypersexual persons spend much more time in the process of pursuit of sex and romance than in the act. Often, they become addicted to the chemical and dissociative high produced by their intense sexual fantasy life and sexual ritualistic behavior.
What can’t be seen as sexual addiction or hypersexuality
- If an individual engages in fetish ways of sexual arousal patterns, to such extent that the behavior makes them feel ashamed or secretive about their sexual life, this cannot be considered as being hypersexual.
- Homosexual or bisexual tendencies can also not be considered as being hypersexual
Causes of HypersexualityThe following are the causes of hypersexuality:
- High levels of natural brain chemicals
- Changes in brain pathways
- Health conditions that affect the brain
Symptoms of hypersexualitySome of the symptoms of hypersexuality include:
- Intense and recurrent sexual fantasies, urges, and sexual behavior that you find difficult to control
- Feeling of compulsion to act in specific sexual ways
- Failure to stop despite several attempts to do so
- Finding it difficult to maintain healthy and stable relationships
- Engagement in sexual escapades that pose serious consequences for spreading STIs.
Tips on how to go about treating hypersexuality
- You have to set every form of shame aside and confide in your doctor.
- You are not the only one battling with the problem, so, don’t be reluctant to share your problem with those who can assist you.
- Remember that doctors are bound by oaths of secrecy never to disclose your condition to another person.