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Category: Sex & Love Addiction

The Sex Addict

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While no single behavioral pattern constitutes a sexual addiction, a prevailing characteristic of sexual dependency is its ability to dominate one’s life. The sex addict places sex above all, including family, friends and career. In an effort to preserve and continue their compulsive behavior, an addict will sacrifice meaningful relationships and opportunities, giving more and more power to their obsession. Caught up in the whirlwind of ‘acting out’ behaviors such as compulsive masturbation, anonymous sex, pornography, prostitution, exhibitionism, voyeurism, indecent phone calls, massage parlors and strip clubs, the lives of sexual addicts become consumed and unmanageable. While less common, some acting out behaviors can evolve into offending behavior, such as child molestation, incest, rape or other forms of sexual violence.…

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Sexual Health Tips for Autumn

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While fall is known as the season for football and colorful leaves, it can also be an ideal season to boost your sexual health. The chilly, dark weather invites the perfect time to cocoon inside (or in bed) with your partner. In fact, there are several aspects of autumn that can foster better sexual wellness. Here are some ways to make the most of the season this year: Heat it Up As the hot summer nights are replaced with a noticeable chill in the air, use this as an opportunity to not only snuggle up with your partner during cool fall mornings but also generate extra heat during sex. Consider sexual positions such as missionary with a pelvic tilt or…

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Compulsive Sexual Behavior is Now Classified as a Mental Health Condition

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Though some have struggled with compulsive hypersexuality since the dawn of time, compulsive sexual behavior has only recently been acknowledged as a compulsive disorder. Very recently, the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), included compulsive sexual behavior, a condition to be categorized as an Impulse Control Disorder. The IDC-11 list defines compulsive sexual behavior as “a persistent pattern or failure to control intense, repetitive impulses or urges resulting in repetitive sexual behavior.” While advocating efforts are underway for the inclusion of compulsive sexual behavior as a treatable disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – Fifth Edition (DSM-5), there is unfortunately still much misunderstanding around the constitution of compulsive sexual behavior, or as some may…

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The Tinder Game

By Kate Balestrieri, Psy.D., CSAT-S
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Triune Therapy Group

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He was handsome and he knew it. “I landed my first modeling gig,” he exclaimed via text message, with a smug giddiness. Then he sent a shirtless picture. Having just relocated to Los Angeles, Marc was the kind of good looking that commanded a room when he walked in. Kara was no stranger to such attention, as she too was very attractive, but Marc had the kind of enthusiasm for his own appearance paralleled only by Narcissus himself. This would be their second date and his modeling gig interrupted their plans for dinner. He begged her to meet him at a historic hotel in Hollywood, known for hot parties and daily celebrity sightings. This was where his photo shoot would…

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