For a sex addict, their behavior is their choice but the consequences aren’t. Some will attempt to manage the consequences but the right thing to do is to undergo proper treatment.
Forms Of Depression In Sex Addicts
- A seeming lack of depression in a seemingly perfect people. They may still get majorly depressed as a result of their perfectionism and narcissistic tendencies.
- The depleted workaholic. To treat this addiction, their workaholic tendencies need to be treated too.
- Psychotic depression may happen to older people. When their sex addiction is discovered, they may deny it to protect themselves from shame. Once depression sinks in, they start having paranoid thoughts.
- Bipolar depression in a person who may be a sex addict or not. The physician in charge should be careful not to misdiagnose bipolar disorder from sex addiction.
- A sociopath who may feel pain because of the consequences of their addiction but not what they did to a victim. People with an antisocial personality disorder may also threaten the authorities that they will act upon their suicidal thoughts as retaliation to the authority figures.
These five classes are the different forms of depression in sex addicts. What practitioners can do is to classify the tools needed to assess and treat depression and suicidal thoughts in sex addicts.
Steps For Determining Severity Of Depression
People can see how severe depression is by using both play-it-by-the-book tips and by using intuitive awareness.
- Take no shortcuts. Assess the situation as a whole and broadly in the context of the culture while looking for symptoms of suicidal thoughts and depression.
- Withhold early conclusions on character pathology. Don’t label people as it will prevent you from seeing the whole situation and from acting accordingly.
- Request for psychological testing. This is needed to validate the interview with the patient to see the illness in more than just the surface level.
- Search for crannies and nooks that are related to suicidal and homicidal thoughts. Just because a person is outright denying it, doesn’t mean aren’t thinking about it.
- Review any past history of suicidal ideation or attempts. Check if whether or not there have been past attempts by the patient.
- Consider, “How deep is this person’s shame?”Sometimes shame can lead to suicide ideation.
- Inquire about how the person has taken out anger in the past. Are they lashing out towards themselves or to others?
- Determine the dynamic significance. Is the patient aware or do they have suicidal thoughts because of it and the shame that their sexual behavior has brought them?
- Measure the patient’s medication if it is fitted for the severity of depression.
- Assess medication compliance. Check their response especially if they know the importance of medication or if they had any side effects.
- Examine any progress made in treatment especially with controlling their emotions. Are they able to control it better now or not?
- Gauge employment and economic prospects. Did their sexual behavior result to repercussions at work?
- Ask the patient what he or she sees for the future. Hope or hopelessness?
- Practice appropriate boundary setting with the patient so that they are aware of their limits. Role play scenarios to establish boundaries.
- Concretize aftercare plans. Check if they are aftercare plans are genuinely good for them once they check out. This is needed to make sure that the patient doesn’t relapse.
- Shed light on their growth. Ask if anything has changed after their recovery.
Sex addicts are still human and they also get hurt. They need a safe environment to recover.
The patient might feel shame once they become more aware of what they did and also feel depressed. Suicidal ideation can happen. This is why clinical experts need to check the severity of their depression and take proper measures.