Our expert says:
Gay, lesbian and bisexual expert
Sexual addiction could be indicated by the following criteria:
1. A preoccupation with or constantly craving sex. 2. Continually engaging in sexual behaviour in spite of negative consequences - such as broken relationships or HIV infection. 3) Neglecting other life areas, such as work, family, school or friends in order to pursue sex. 4) Spending much time in activities related to sex - cruising, watching porn, surfing the web or porn or chatting in chatrooms. 5) Attempts to minimise, justify or 'hide' the behaviour.
A person with a sexual addiction may feel remorse or guilt about his/her behaviour, and may go through a process of bargaining with him/herself ("I'll stop this next week" or "Once more and then I'll stop"). Usually the behaviour persists in spite of negative consequnces, and addicts may need ever-increasing 'doses' to satisfy them. This could include watching porn, telephone sex, masturbation, surfing the Internet for porn, cruising, sex with strangers or making exessive sexual demands on a partner.
Sexual addiction can occur in tadem with other addictions - alcohol or drug addiction.
If you're concerned that you may have a sexual addiction, call the Gay & Lesbian Helpline on (021) 4 222 500 any day between 1pm and 9 pm, or Triangle Project on (021) 448 3812, or make contact with a doctor or psychologist in your area.
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