Name: Sex Addiction

Description: Don Juanism, satyriasis, nymphomania, Hypersexual Disorder

Creator: Pepper_PhD

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The author of this casebook has identified the following medical topics as being highly relevant to this casebook.

  • Addictive Behavior -- The observable, measurable, and often pathological activity of an organism that portrays its inability to overcome a habit resulting in an insatiable craving for a substance or for performing certain acts. The addictive behavior includes the emotional and physical overdependence on the object of habit in increasing amount or frequency.

Propsed criteria for the diagnosis of Hypersexual Disorder (M.P. Kafka, 2009, compete citation in Bookmarks):

A. Over a period of at least 6 months, recurrent and intense sexual fantasies, sexual urges, or sexual behaviors in association with 3 or more of the following 5 criteria:

A1. Time consumed by sexual fantasies, urges or behaviors repetitively interferes with other important (non-sexual) goals, activities and obligations.
A2. Repetitively engaging in sexual fantasies, urges or behaviors in response to dysphoric mood states (e.g. anxiety, depressions, boredom, irritability).
A3. Repetitively engaging in sexual fantasies, urges or behaviors in response to stressful life events.
A4. Repetitive but unsuccessful efforts to control or significantly reduce these sexual fantasies, urges or behaviors.
A5. Repetitively engaging in sexual behaviors while disregarding the risk for physical or emotional harm to self or others.

B. There is clinically significant personal distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of functioning associated with the frequency and intensity of these sexual fantasies, urges or behaviors.

C. These sexual fantasies, urges or behaviors are not due to the direct physiological effect on an exogenous (e.g. a drug of abuse or a medication)

Specify if:

  • Masturbation
  • Pornography
  • Sexual Behavior with Consenting Adults
  • Cybersex
  • Telephone Sex
  • Stip Clubs
  • Other


Bookmarks The following information, which has been distilled by the casebook author from this and other websites is particularly relevant to this casebook.
Bookmarks - Web
Web Page Notes Concepts
 Hypersexual Disorder: A Proposed Diagnosis for DSM... [Arch Sex Behav. 2009] - PubMed result Professional article from a medical journal proposing a new psychiatric diagnosis for DSM-V (Addictive Behavior)
 The paraphilic and hypersexual disorders: an overv... [J Psychiatr Pract. 2001] - PubMed result Professional review article from a medical journal; includes a guide for physicians and patients on where and how to specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of these disorders in the U.S.A. (Addictive Behavior) - Sex Addiction Includes online tests to assess your behavior (Addictive Behavior)

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