Sex AddictionNeurochemistry of SexB

Sex AddictionNeurochemistry of SexB - Sex Addiction the...

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Sex Addiction & the Neurochemistry of Sex Dr. Dessa Bergen-Cico
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Sex Addiction Fact or Fiction http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zl75zjJy2n http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQrJA4eZC
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Definitions and behaviors of  sexual addiction Sexual addiction comes in many different forms.  Complex problem difficult to describe  Range of behaviors can include:  “Excessive/obsessive” masturbation  Pornography obsession Sexual exploitation of others Compulsive sexual activity No single behavior or even amount of sexual  behavior that means you are a sex addict. 
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Problematic sexual behavior does not  necessarily mean someone has a sex  addiction.  Many factors can cause sexual behavior to get  out of control.  What appears to be a sexual addiction may  actually be normal behavior.  It takes soul searching and professional help to  determine if a person really has a sex  addiction
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The key elements of any addiction, whether chemical or behavioral are: Compulsivity loss of control over the particular behavior – i.e. continuing to engage in a particular behavior after repeated attempts to stop. Continuation despite adverse consequences , loss of job, money, marriage, arrests, health problems Preoccupation or obsession with participating in the behavior to the detriment of other essential life activities or goals.
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Frequent  engaging in the behavior  to a greater  extent or  over a longer period than intended  Persistent desire  Unsuccessful efforts to reduce or control  behavior  Time spent  in activities necessary for the behavior,  engaging in the behavior  or  recovering from its  effects  Not fulfilling social, occupational, academic or  domestic obligations  Social, financial, psychological or physical  consequences  caused or exacerbated by the  behavior 
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Four basic things to consider when you  define sexual addiction are:  1. Do I engage in a specific “out-of-control” sexual  behavior? 2. Do I have a sense that I have lost control over  whether or not I engage in this particular sexual  behavior?  3. Am I experiencing significant  consequences  because  of my this sexual behavior?  4. Do I feel like I am constantly thinking about this  specific out-of-control sexual behavior, even when I  don't want to? 
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If the answer to all 4 questions are answered "yes,"  then a person may want to seek further help to sort  out the complexities of their sexual behavior and  determine if sexual addiction is the best descriptor of  their problem.
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