Depression, Loneliness and Sex Addiction
Loneliness and depression are common struggles for sex addicts, especially if they are compelled to seek out partners with whom they have no emotional connection.
What Is Sex Addiction?
According to the medical Web site WebMD, someone may have a sex addiction if she thinks obsessively about sex in a way that harms her relationships, or if she engages in sexual behavior that damages her employment or other normal life activities. Sex addicts often need professional help overcoming the compulsion for sex, and they may benefit from medications designed for depression and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
The American Psychiatric Association does not recognize sex addiction in its manual, but it released a description of hypersexual disorder in 2010. Symptoms of the disorder include the desire to commit sexual acts even when there is a risk for physical or emotional harm to self or others.
WebMD notes several behaviors that are common to sex addicts, including the following problems:
- Compulsive masturbation
- Multiple or anonymous sexual partners, including unsafe sexual encounters
- Repetitive viewing of pornography
- Voyeurism and/or stalking
- Sexual harassment
If you struggle with these issues, you may be addicted to sex.
Depression and Sex Addiction
A sex addict does not develop an emotional connection with partners, which can easily lead to guilt and shame. The need to blur out sadness with a sexual encounter often indicates a type of depression. Many sex addicts deny that they have a problem and hide their lifestyles from family members and spouses. This further adds to loneliness and a sense of isolation. Most sex addicts need talk therapy and possibly medication to overcome the need for harmful sexual behaviors.
Treating Depression and Sex Addiction
Many effective treatments can address sex addiction and co-occurring depression, according to the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health. People addicted to sex can get help when they admit their problem and these people may benefit from the following options:
- A commitment to make a change
- Giving up the need to control the compulsion
- A willingness to learn from recovering sexual addicts
- Professional talk therapy and/or 12-step support groups
If you think these methods can help you, do not delay seeking treatment.
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