Sexual Addiction

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Sexual Addition may be a common problem but it still remains a relatively understood condition characterized by strong sexual urges. In recent weeks, the issue has resurfaced. Last week, a Journalist Brian Alexander(2007), this psychological condition was once again questioned and the condition was described as such: "Sexual addiction is defined as any sexually-related, compulsive behavior which interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends, loved ones and one's work environment". However, many psychologists and therapists alike find this definition to be vague and void of concrete symptoms that differ from those that are experienced by someone not suffering from a sexual addiction. Sexual addiction, like most psychological disorders is hard to diagnose and even harder to understand. This research explores the mind of a sex addict, the symptoms or origin and finally the proposed cures and their success.

There is no consensus that sexual addition actually exists within the medical community. The week of October 28, 2007, for instance, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality met in Indianapolis to discuss the topic of sexual addiction. Some argue that there is no such thing, and that terms like "sexual addiction" and "porn addiction" are dangerous titles to place on people. The Mayo Clinic, which is an internationally renowned medical clinic, owned uses compulsive sexual behavior as the brief definition of sexual addiction. The more complete definition is "an overwhelming need for sex and are so intensely preoccupied with this need that it interferes with your job and your relationships.(Amico JM, 2005)" People with the addiction tend to spend so much time thinking about sex, that they are unable to focus on daily activities. Almost every aspect of their life triggers a sexual thought and they may find it difficult to attend social functions, hold a job or make long lasting friends. Often times the addicts...
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