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Sex Addiction in America: Is it Common?

Sex addiction is a type of behavioral or process addiction. As with other process addictions, experts disagree whether it is a true addiction or an impulse control disorder. Sexual addiction (also called hypersexual disorder or compulsive sexual behavior) is not included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, published in 2013. […]

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How is a Sex Addiction Diagnosis Made?

Sex addiction is what’s known as a behavioral or process addiction. This means someone compulsively engages in pleasurable behavior that is otherwise harmless. As the addiction develops, lasting chemical changes occur in the brain. This happens in a region called the pleasure center. The changes drive the addict’s compulsion to continue the problem behavior. Sex […]

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Christian Mental Health: Porn Addiction

Porn addiction is an embarrassing struggle to admit to, for both Christians and non-Christians alike. But for those whose faith has always been central to their life, struggling with porn addiction and any other mental health concern can shake their faith. Is prayer the solution? Is seeking professional help turning your back on God? Fortunately, […]

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Contributors to Relationship Issues

Contributors to Relationship Issues Our specially trained relationship and sex therapists treat a variety of sex and intimacy-related issues. Some issues that contribute to sex and intimacy disorders include adjustment disorders, bereavement, divorce and codependency. Adjustment Disorders A person with adjustment disorder often experiences feelings of depression and/or anxiety. As a result, that person may […]

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The Stages of Sex Addiction

Sexual addiction often follows a predictable course: Preoccupation – continual fantasies about sexual prospects or situations, which can trigger an episode of sexual “acting out” Ritualization – a preferred sexual activity or situation is often stereotyped and repetitive Compulsion – continual engagement in sexual activity despite negative consequences and desire to stop Despair – guilt […]

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Warning Signs of Sexual Addiction

Sex addicts have varying patterns that can result in very different ways of acting out. Below are some general warning signs of sex addiction: Secretive or Dangerous Sexual Behaviors Lying about or hiding sexual activities Having sex regardless of the consequences (e.g., the threat of being caught or facing financial problems, or the risk of […]

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Warning Signs of Love Addiction

Love addiction isn’t just about an endless search for love. Some love addicts sabotage good relationships for fear of getting too close. Others are in unhealthy relationships but cannot let go. Love addiction can manifest in many different ways. Some common characteristics of love addicts include: Destructive Relationship Patterns Inability to stop seeing or dating […]

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