Sexual addiction is considered as a mental condition wherein the person experiences excessive sexual practices compared with other people. The said excessive practice can affect present relationships, his productivity in his job or work, finances, and even the person’s state of mind as they need to release their inhibitions compulsively. There are several types of sexually addictive behaviors. This article will discuss these behaviors and will identify the appropriate treatments that can help with overcoming addiction.
Types of Sexual Addictions
Mental health experts have categorized sexual addiction into easily accessible and non-easily accessible behaviors, the latter being known as paraphilic behaviors. As the name implies, the first category of sexual addiction is composed of individuals who are easily aroused. Also, they are able to express sexual satisfaction in the manner of masturbation, contact with commercial sex workers or prostitutes, having an illicit affair, looking at pornographic pictures or watching porn videos, engaging in sexual conversations in chat rooms, or making random obscene calls.
The non-easily accessible type of sexual behavior is called paraphilia, wherein the person is able to achieve sexual satisfaction, especially orgasm, through bizarre ways. This can involve nonhuman objects, fantasies, suffering or humiliation of the sex partner or oneself, sex with children and other non-consenting individuals. To be identified as having such disorder, any of the mentioned acts should have taken place over a period of six months.
Here is the list of paraphilias and their meanings:
- Voyeurism – also known as “Peeping Tom”. The person gets easily aroused by watching other people get dressed or undress, taking a bath, couples having sexual intercourse, etc. The idea is to have a sneak peek only without the knowledge of the people involved in sexual acts and no other physical contact involved. The act sometimes involves masturbation in order for the person to achieve orgasm.
- Frotteurism – the person likes to rub his or her genitals against the body part of non-consenting people and often takes place in a crowded area.
- Exhibitionism – also known as “the flasher” because these individuals like to flash their sexual organs.
- Fetishism – finding sexual pleasure in non-human objects like leather materials, shoes, or women’s lingerie, and the like.
- Partialism – finding sexual pleasure in a particular part of the human body such as the arms, feet, buttocks or breasts.
- Pedophilia – aside from being considered as a criminal act, this behavior and desire of adults to have sexual connection with children is identified as a sexual disorder. Pedophiles fantasize about having sexual intercourse with young children, or having actual sex, forcing the child to perform sexual acts for his or her gratification.
- Sadism – the person likes to inflict pain to his or her partner while having sexual contact.
- Masochism – the partner requests or asks for actions that can inflict pain while having sexual contact.
- Transvestism – this is called cross-dressing and is usually more common in men. They wear female dresses to feel sexually aroused.
- Necrophilia – having sexual acts with a corpse.
- Zoophilia – sexual acts with animals.
- Scatologia – also known as “phone sex.”
How to Treat Sexual Addiction
Individuals with sexual addictions respond well to cognitive behavioral therapies. The therapist will provide supportive counseling and therapy sessions in order to help sort out the addictive behavior and find solutions to stop it. Together with psychotherapy, mental health practitioners also provide medications to alleviate the addiction. Psychiatrists will prescribe SSRI’s, or Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors, to lower down sexual obsessions and urges.
People with sexual addiction issues have problems in controlling their sexual urges. They have developed an addictive problem towards the act. Most of the time, they are not able to say no or to stop their desires. It is important that as early as possible, the person should be aware that his or her actions are no longer normal. They need to seek treatment with mental health professionals immediately. The earlier it is identified, the better for them to begin treatment quickly.