Individual and Couple's Therapy 
Registered Psychotherapist Catherine
(647)  970-4223


Healthy Minds and Lifesyles            (647) 970-4223




Phone: 647-970-4223 

Sex Addiction


Sexual addiction, also known as hypersexuality, is compulsive participation or engagement in sexual activity, despite negative consequences.


Characteristics:


While there is no official diagnosis for sex addiction, clinicians and researchers have attempted to define the compulsion using criteria based on chemical dependency literature. They include:


  • Frequently engaging in more sex and with more partners than intended.
  • Being preoccupied with or persistently craving sex; wanting to cut down and unsuccessfully attempting to limit sexual activity.
  • Thinking of sex to the detriment of other activities or continually engaging in excessive sexual practices despite a desire to stop.
  • Spending considerable time in activities related to sex, such as cruising for partners or spending hours online visiting pornographic Web sites.
  • Neglecting obligations such as work, school or family in pursuit of sex.
  • Continually engaging in the sexual behavior despite negative consequences, such as broken relationships or potential health risks.
  • Escalating scope or frequency of sexual activity to achieve the desired effect, such as more frequent visits to prostitutes or more sex partners.
  • Feeling irritable when unable to engage in the desired behavior.