Most of us have heard the term sex disorder. This term is often used in television shows to describe a person who has sex a lot. But really what does this term mean?
According to Dr. Rory Reid, PHD and research psychologist at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, who was cited in an article at the website, Web MD, a person who has a sex disorder is not a person who craves sex. This is a person with a variety of mental problems. Dr. Reid also said that therapists do not usually use the term sex disorder. They will normally use the term hypersexual disorder.
A person who suffers from a hypersexual disorder is one who engages in sexual behavior that can be damaging to themselves or to their families. These are people who do this despite the damage that their behavior is causing. This can include men who are spending half of their paychecks on prostitutes or people who are spending work time surfing the web for porn.
People who suffer from a hypersexual disorder are putting their personal lives, social lives, jobs, and health in jeopardy. They continue to take part in these destructive behaviors over and over, again, despite the problems they cause. They have no power to stop the sexual behavior. These sexual behaviors can include: watching Internet porn, hiring prostitutes, having affairs and one night stands, masturbating, exposing themselves to others.
As the sexual acts continue they begin to lead to a life of loneliness and isolation. They soon begin to feel shame because of their actions and emotional pain.
Most people with a hypersexual disorder will not seek treatment until a crises occurs. This crisis can include being caught by a spouse or boss. This can lead to the threat of losing their marriage or job. They may also be caught by police doing something illegal such as hiring a prostitute. This could lead to the court telling them to seek treatment. Yet, once the person is forced into treatment, the person is usually glad. Many people will say that they are glad they were caught. They are glad they finally have someone to talk to and someone to help them.
Yet, this still leaves the debate as to whether this disorder is an addiction. Dr. Reid says that the disorder mimics Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. This is why some experts suggests that the disorder by stem from a abnormal level of dopamine or serotonin in the brain. This is why some of the same medications used to treat OCD can be used to treat hypersexual disorder. Group therapy and one to one counseling can also be used to treat it. The key is that there are treatment options for this disorder; no matter if one calls this disorder a sex addiction or a hypersexual disorder.