Sex Addiction and Depression

Category : Sex Addiction Information

Sex Addiction and DepressionSex addiction is a progressive intimacy disorder characterized by compulsive sexual thoughts and acts. Sex addiction may be as personal as compulsive masturbation, the extensive use of pornography or the use of phone or computer sex services. It can also involve illegal activities such as exhibitionism, voyeurism, obscene phone calls, child molestation or rape.

Signs of Sex Addiction

Signs of sex addiction are similar to those of other addictions. A primary symptom is that a person engages in the activity compulsively regardless of the negative impact the behavior has on his or her life. Sex addicts believe they have no control over their behavior, and they may have attempted to discontinue the behavior in the past with no success. A sex addict spends time, energy, resources and money to seek, perform and recover from the behavior. The sex addict usually has to intensify the addictive behavior to continue to achieve the desired results. Sex addiction has a negative impact on the addict and on family members as well. Unlike a substance addiction that has particular physical withdrawal symptoms, sex addiction come with psychological symptoms alone. These may include the following:

  • Anxiety or depression
  • Lack of focus on meaningful aspects of life
  • Frustration and anger over not being able to discontinue the behavior

Signs of Depression

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) symptoms of depression include the following:

  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness or excessive sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once found pleasurable
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease
  • Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” feelings
  • Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts

Treatment for Sex Addiction and Depression

Sex addiction has been successfully treated through a variety of addiction therapy options. When a person experiences both an addiction and a mental health issue, it is important for him or her to get the right type of help from professionals. Treatment at a residential treatment facility can seamlessly combine therapies that work on all co-occurring issues. There are many treatment facilities that deal with mental health issues and addiction concerns.

Finding Help for Sex Addiction and Depression

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