How do I know if I’m a Sex Addict?

There are a lot of conflicting ideas out there in the press about sex addiction right now.  Is it real?  Does it exist?

If you are addicted to sex or sexual behaviors, you probably dont care what we, the professionals, call it.  If you have a problem with sexual dependency or hyperactive sexuality, it means you have tried to stop acting in a certain way sexually and you cant.

Being a sex addict does NOT just mean that you love sex and cant get enough.  It does NOT just mean that you have a lot of sex and think about it all the time.  It does NOT just mean that you wonder if you might be normal. 

Sex addiction is a process disorder which means you have tried to quit and cant.  You may have tried to stop your behaviors, and regardless of the consequences, found that you couldnt.   People who have sex addiction issues are not enjoying sex.  They are ashamed, hiding their compulsions, and suffering deeply by the time they realize they need help.  

If you are wondering if you have a problem with sex addiction or sexual dependency syndrome, take the easy assessment in the next blog entry, and if you need help, reach out.  Email me or someone in your area who specializes in sex therapy or addiction. 

And know you are not alone, there is help. 

Dr Tammy Nelson


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