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Answer the quiz questions below to see if you or a loved one may be suffering from a sex addiction.

Instructions: Below is a list of questions that relate to life experiences common among people who exhibit hypersexual behavior. Please read each question carefully, and indicate how often you have experienced the same or similar challenges in the past few months.

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Do you masturbate more than you would like to, or does it interfere with your life?
Does your preoccupation with sex interfere with life responsibilities or relationships?
Does planning or thinking about your next sexual activity interfere with your daily life?
Does viewing pornography or visit sexually explicit websites interfere with your daily life?
Do you use phone sex services more than you would like or more than you plan to do?
Do you engage in risky sexual behavior that puts your health or safety at risk?
When you would like to feel emotionally connected to a romantic partner, do you have trouble doing so?
Do you feel that it’s difficult to stop sexual behaviors even when there are negative consequences?

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Sex Addiction FAQs

What is sex addiction?

Sex addiction (also known as compulsive sexual behavior) is an excessive preoccupation with sexual acts, fantasies, urges and behaviors. This preoccupation is very difficult to control, causes distress, and interferes with daily activities, relationships, and other parts of your life.

How do you test for sex addiction?

Since sex addiction is not currently a formally recognized diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), there are no widely used tests or assessment tools to identify sex addiction. A mental health professional, such as a psychiatrist or a psychologist, can conduct a psychological evaluation to determine if you are showing signs of compulsive sexual behavior.

Are there agreed upon criteria for clinical diagnosis of sex addiction?

Sex addiction is not currently a formally recognized diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) and so there is no agreed upon criteria for a clinical diagnosis. Although sex addiction is not a diagnostic category in the DSM-5, it may be diagnosed as a subcategory of another mental health condition, such as an impulse control disorder or a behavioral addiction.

Why isn’t sex addiction a diagnosis in the DSM-5?

Sex addiction is a highly controversial topic among the general public and mental health professionals alike. There is an ongoing debate among the psychiatric community about whether or not sex addiction exists, and if so, how exactly to define sex addiction (or compulsive sexual behavior) because it is not always easy to determine when sexual behavior becomes problematic. More empirical evidence and research is needed if sex addiction is to become a formally recognized mental health disorder.

What causes sex addiction?

The cause of sex addiction is currently unknown. Some people within the psychiatric community contest the idea that sex addiction exists at all. Those who support the idea that sex addiction exists believe potential causes may include an imbalance of natural brain chemicals, changes in the brain’s pathways, and/or certain health problems that cause damage to the parts of the brain affecting sexual behavior.

What cooccurring diagnoses go with sex addiction?

Some research suggests that sex addiction may cooccur with depression, anxiety, and substance use disorder.

When should you see a doctor about sex addiction?

If you find yourself constantly preoccupied with thoughts of sexual acts, urges, and behaviors, so much so that is causing you distress or interfering with your daily life, you may want to seek professional help from a doctor or mental health professional. Seek help if you feel you have lost control of your sexual behavior, and it is negatively impacting your life and relationships with others.

What is the treatment for sex addiction?

Treatment for sex addiction typically involves psychotherapy, medications, and self-help groups. Compulsive sexual behaviors may cooccur with another mental health disorder, such as anxiety, depression, or substance use disorder, which will also require treatment. An effective treatment plan can help you manage urges and reduce excessive behaviors while maintaining healthy sexual activities.

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Last Updated: Apr 12, 2021