Sex addiction is an unofficial term that describes a compulsive, dysfunctional relationship to the sexual urges, thoughts and behaviors that commonly appear in teenagers and adults. In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association excluded a proposed definition for this addiction—called hypersexual disorder—from official recognition in its prominent diagnostic guidebook for mental health professionals. Several factors explain this exclusion and the ongoing unofficial status of sex addiction. These factors include an inability to clearly distinguish people supposedly affected by hypersexual disorder from sexually active individuals unaffected by the disorder.Read More about Why Is Sex Addiction Not an Officially Recognized Disorder?
Shelby had a past she wasn’t exactly proud of. Still, she was actively learning that shame had been an underlying motivation in many of her more self-destructive behaviors, and, along the way, to be more self-accepting. She met with an excellent therapist and attended weekly SAA meetings with a group of people she could trust not to judge her, whether she was having a good day or a not-so-good one. She’d even been reading some self-help books over the last year, many of which she believed had helped her a great deal.
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As humans, sex is a tremendously important part of our lives. Not simply because it is the primary drive which encourages the perpetuation of our species, but also because sex connects us and can sometimes even heal. We use our sexuality to express who we are and to reach out to and play with others, finding out about them in the process.Read More about Should You Date a Recovering Sex Addict?
Sex addiction isn’t the easiest condition to understand for many people. Whereas drugs and alcohol make it painfully obvious that somebody has a problem, sex addiction isn’t quite so easy to understand if you haven’t been through it yourself. As many people in recovery know, just like drug and alcohol addictions persist in the face of numerous negative consequences, sex addiction has a way of destroying relationships and even landing sufferers in legal trouble.Read More about ‘Thanks for Sharing’ Unflinchingly Tackles Sex Addiction, Recovery
By Julia St. Vincent
I come from a long line of women who claim to have very strong gut instincts. I have an aunt who could reportedly see “terrrrible events.” That’s how she said it. She was morbid by nature—stringy black hair forever cloaking her eyes, tall and hunched over, pointing her long, knotted index at you as she spoke. So it was terrible events she saw and never happy or simply neutral ones.Read More about A Story of Sex and Addiction
Erica discovered her husband’s sexual addiction during the summer of 2011. She wouldn’t have called it sex addiction at the time, though. Instead, she referred to it as “Apocalypse Summer,” the year she believed he was trying to destroy her in every way possible.Read More about When a Sex Addict Is Exposed: The Tangle of Co-Addiction
New York is taking matters into its own hands when it comes to teens and sex, offering a new app that connects teens to fast information on getting confidential birth control, pregnancy testing or testing for STDs.Read More about New App Offers Quick Sex Information to Teens in New York
Transvestic disorder is a mental health condition that centers on wearing clothes normally identified with the opposite sex in order to experience sexual gratification. It belongs to a group of conditions called paraphilic disorders, which appear in a reference text used for making mental illness diagnoses throughout the United States called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Transvestic disorder differs from transvestism, an activity also known as cross-dressing. While people who participate in transvestism don’t necessarily feel distress from their activities, people with transvestic disorder do feel a level of distress that interferes with their everyday routines.Read More about New DSM Expands Definition of Transvestic Disorder
Frotteuristic disorder is a mental health condition that centers on using the genitals to make non-consensual contact with another person’s body in order to gain sexual gratification. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a guidebook with a longstanding history of use among US mental health professionals, classifies this condition along with a group of disorders called paraphilic disorders. In May 2013, the definition of frotteuristic disorder contained in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual was changed in order to reflect current understanding regarding the difference between the disorder as a mental illness and the underlying pattern of behavior (called frotteurism) that produces its core symptoms.Read More about Frotteurism Symptoms
Sexual masochism disorder is a psychiatric condition that centers on the need to receive physical or psychological pain from another person in order to experience sexual gratification. The United States’ most prominent mental health organization, called the American Psychiatric Association (APA), includes the condition within a larger group of sex-based disorders called paraphilic disorders. Not everyone who engages in sexual masochism has sexual masochism disorder. Before qualifying for a diagnosis, affected individuals must meet the guidelines for the disorder set forth in the APA’s reference text on mental illness, known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.Read More about Symptoms of Sexual Masochism Disorder