Sexual desires and urges are considered a healthy and very normal part of the human body. However, when sexual thoughts turn into a preoccupation or compulsion that controls your daily life, it can be considered a hypersexual disorder. Hypersexuality, which is often used interchangeably with sex addiction, can affect both men and women.
The most common warning signs of hypersexual behavior include the following:
- Extreme sexual drive
- Preoccupations with sexual thoughts/fantasies
- Pursuit of non-intimate sex
- Excessive pornography
- Compulsive masturbation in place of relationships
- Sexual objectification of partners
- Frequent pursuit of risky sexual fantasies with disregard to well-being of self or others
If not recognized and treated, hypersexual behavior can be destructive to marriages, families and lives. It is a form of compulsive or addictive behavior that should be addressed by a qualified therapist or clinician.
Effective Treatment for Compulsive Sexual Behavior
Compulsive sexual behavior has recently been recognized by the World Health Organization as a mental health disorder. Compulsive sexual behavior disorder (CSBD) is categorized as an impulse control disorder and defined as “a persistent pattern of failure to control intense, repetitive sexual impulses or urges resulting in repetitive sexual behavior.” This can involve both the act of sex as well as sexual fantasies.
The trademark characteristics of someone with CSBD are “repetitive sexual activities becoming a central focus of the person’s life to the point of neglecting health and personal care or other interests, activities and responsibilities.” Psychologists agree that compulsive sexual behavior disorder refers to an underlying brain mechanism, which can help reveal the most appropriate and effective treatment approach for the behavior.
There are many causes, influences and contributing factors that can lead to the development of CSBD. It may begin as a simple fantasy to escape boredom or relieve anxiety. Others may engage in hypersexual behavior as a result of a childhood trauma or attachment disorder. It is critical to first understand the reason for these hypersexual behaviors in order to move forward with an effective treatment option.
At Triune Therapy Group, we are equipped to help men and women suffering from compulsive sexual behavior. Our Los Angeles clinic employs two renowned clinicians who are certified sex addiction therapists. We help clients recognize the cause or trigger of their impulse disorder and teach them how to control this destructive hypersexual behavior. Our personalized therapy programs help clients rebuild relationships, learn healthier coping skills and ultimately establish healthy intimacy and sexuality.
Contact Triune Therapy Group today to schedule a consultation regarding therapy for hypersexuality.