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Porn Addiction, Internet Addiction or Both? – Part 2

Continued from “Porn Addiction, Internet Addiction or Both? – Part 1 

Like other Internet-based activities, such as online gaming and social media interaction, Internet porn is highly novel and promotes constant, repeated, instant gratification, validation and satisfaction, keeping the user continually coming back for more. In this regard, Internet porn and the addiction that can arise from it would mimic any other type of Internet-related addiction such as online gaming, cyber chatting and cyber relationships, social media and information.

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Porn Addiction, Internet Addiction or Both? – Part 1

As technology marches forward, our addictions march with it. We develop cravings and needs and highs and fixes where previously there were none. We find new ways to isolate from the community and belonging and we discover novel methods of satisfying deep emotional needs, escaping the lives we can’t stand and attempting to alleviate the stress of living in the modern world.

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Why Is Sex Addiction Not an Officially Recognized Disorder?

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.

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Should You Open Up About Sex Addiction?

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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Should You Date a Recovering Sex Addict?

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.

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‘Thanks for Sharing’ Unflinchingly Tackles Sex Addiction, Recovery

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.

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A Story of Sex and Addiction

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.

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When a Sex Addict Is Exposed: The Tangle of Co-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.

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New App Offers Quick Sex Information to Teens in New York

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.

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New DSM Expands Definition of Transvestic Disorder

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.

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