Is Nymphomania the Same Thing as Sex Addiction?

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Is Nymphomania the Same Thing as Sex Addiction?Nymphomania refers to excessive sexual drive among women, while Satyriasis refers to men with the same condition. The words stem from the nymphs and satyrs of Greek mythology, and encourage an idealized image of hypersexual individuals. Nymphomania is a more popular term, most likely due to the stereotype that men already want sex all the time but that a sex-obsessed woman is a novelty.

The term is usually used in a joking way to refer to those with a high sex drive. It does not describe an actual medical condition, because there is no set standard for what is “excessive” sexual desire. Sex addiction means sex becomes a compulsive need and begins to control a person’s actions, but it does not define a universal level of “excessive” sexual desire either.

What Is Sex Addiction?

The prevalence of terms like nymphomania and casual portrayals of sex addiction in popular media have given the impression that sex addiction is not serious, but in reality it can ruin people’s lives. Sex addiction is not simply having a high sex drive. Sex becomes compulsive, and the addiction causes people to do things they normally wouldn’t such as engage in prostitution or cheat on their spouse. Sex addiction can also include an addiction to porn and masturbation.

People addicted to sex use it as a coping mechanism for depression and anxiety or to cope with negative emotions. The neurological response to sex is a surge of the feel-good brain chemicals dopamine and endorphin. People become addicted to these chemical surges. This is similar to how drug and alcohol addictions develop. People addicted to sex do not find it to be a positive or satisfying experience but merely a way to satisfy an overwhelming craving.

Causes of Sex Addiction

Sex addiction can stem from a variety of causes and often coincides with mental health issues, eating disorders or substance abuse. Many sex addicts suffered from sexual abuse or sexual assault in the past and used masturbation or intercourse as a way to avoid negative feelings about the abuse. People addicted to sex disregard qualities of a normal healthy sex life such as emotional trust, boundaries and intimacy.

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