Sexual Addiction Essay

1457 WordsJan 20, 20086 Pages
Sexual Addition may be a common problem but it still remains a relatively understood condition characterized by strong sexual urges. In recent weeks, the issue has resurfaced. Last week, a Journalist Brian Alexander(2007), this psychological condition was once again questioned and the condition was described as such: "Sexual addiction is defined as any sexually-related, compulsive behavior which interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends, loved ones and one's work environment". However, many psychologists and therapists alike find this definition to be vague and void of concrete symptoms that differ from those that are experienced by someone not suffering from a sexual addiction. Sexual addiction, like…show more content…
Patrick Carnes(2004) is a PhD who has been at the forefront of sexual addition. To date he has written ten books on the topic and is currently working on two more. While he agrees that the disorder is difficult to understand, he has devoted a great deal of time to creating a better understanding and making sure that those who suffer from the disease can be properly diagnosed and receive necessary treatment. As with the diagnosis of any disease, there must be a concrete list of symptoms and the patient must experience all or some to be diagnosed. Therefore, Carnes(2004) has developed ten specific characteristics that he feels define a sex addict. A list of symptoms has made the disease easier to diagnose because psychologists and researchers are now able to look for the above specific traits. However, despite these concrete symptoms, the addiction can be difficult to diagnose because addicts tend to be secretive and too embarrassed to share details about what happens behind closed doors. The disorder can also be masked by other forms of Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and Manic Depression. Some of the other common obsessions that may coexist with a sexual addiction are gambling, food, alcohol and drugs. Many researchers believe that sexual addiction may be the root of the problem by
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