Compulsive sexual behavior; Nymphomania & Satyriasis

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Nymphomania is a female-specific term sometimes used to describe the unofficial mental disorder known by names that include compulsive sexual behavior, hypersexuality and sexual addiction. The male-specific term for the same condition is satyriasis. However, in reality, while women do develop sexual addictions, the problem appears more frequently in men.

Compulsive Sexual Behavior Basics

Compulsive sexual behavior occurs when you have a preoccupation with sex-related actions, thoughts or feelings that interferes with your ability to sustain normal relationships, keep a job or stay physically or mentally healthy. Some people center this preoccupation on sexual activities that provide acceptable forms of pleasure according to the moral, legal or cultural norms of their society. Others develop a preoccupation with behaviors, actions or thoughts that violate social norms or laws. Typically, a man or woman with compulsive sexual behavior continues to pursue sexual goals even in the face of serious or potentially life-altering negative consequences.

Causes

Altered levels of important brain chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin;

Altered levels of sex hormones in the body called androgens

Presence of medical conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, dementia and Huntington’s disease

Signs and Symptoms

Presence of sexual impulses that appeared uncontrollable

Involving in sexual activities that is devoid of real pleasure

Difficulty in initiating or sustaining emotional closeness

Use of sex to avoid uncomfortable emotional states

Continued involvement in sexual situations that expose you to sexually transmitted disease, job loss, serious legal consequences or loss of long-term relationships

Illegal activities sometimes linked with compulsive sexuality include pedophilia, exhibitionism and voyeurism.

Risks to Women

Disapproval and negative labeling in the society

Increased exposure to violence

Increased risks for the development of an unwanted pregnancy

Increased chances of undergoing an abortion

Increased risks for the development of a sexually transmitted disease .

Treatment

Psychotherapy-counseling, family therapy 

Participation in appropriate self-help groups

Use of certain medications- lithium and other mood stabilizers, antidepressants and an anti-alcoholism drug called naltrexone. 

 



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