Updated 12 November 2013

Addicted to sex?

If you are concerned about someone's appetite for sex, here is a list of 10 signs that could indicate the presence of sexual compulsion.

A question often asked is when to know if someone is addicted to sex. Here is a list of 10 signs that indicate the presence of sexual compulsion:
  • 1) A pattern of out-of-control behaviour
  • 2) Severe consequences due to sexual behaviour
  • 3) Inability to stop despite adverse consequences
  • 4) Persistent pursuit of self-destructive or high - risk behaviour
  • 5) Ongoing desire or effort to limit sexual behaviour
  • 6) Sexual obsession and fantasy as a primary coping strategy.
  • 7) Increasing amounts of sexual experience because the current level of activity is no longer sufficient
  • 8) Severe mood changes around sexual activity
  • 9) Inordinate amounts of time spent in obtaining sex, being sexual or recovering from sexual experience
  • 10) Neglect of important social, occupational, or recreational activities because of sexual behaviour.

If you think you may have a problem, call the SA Sexual Health Association 0860 100 262 for a referral in your area. Also look for books written by Dr Patrick Carnes, "Don't call it Love" an excellent book on Compulsive Sexual Behaviour.




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