Compulsive sexual behavior is sometimes called hypersexuality, hypersexuality disorder or sexual addiction. It's an excessive preoccupation with sexual fantasies, urges or behaviors that is difficult to control, causes you distress, or negatively affects your health, job, relationships or other parts of your life. Compulsive sexual behavior may involve a variety of commonly enjoyable sexual experiences. Examples include masturbation, cybersex, multiple sexual partners, use of pornography or paying for sex. When these sexual behaviors become a major focus in your life, are difficult to control, and are disruptive or harmful to you or others, they may be considered compulsive sexual behavior.
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Controversy surrounds diagnosis of hypersexuality because it often occurs alongside other mental health issues, suggesting it could be an extension or manifestation of an existing mental disorder. Little is known about the neurobiology behind it. Hypersexual disorder, or an overactive sex drive, is recognised as a compulsive sexual behaviour disorder, listed as an impulse-control disorder by the World Health Organisation. It can be characterised by obsessive thoughts of sex, a compulsion to perform sexual acts, a loss of control, or sexual habits that carry potential problems or risks. The scientists measured DNA methylation patterns in the blood from 60 patients with hypersexual disorder and compared them to samples from 33 healthy volunteers.
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Hypersexual disorder can only be diagnosed in adults 18 years or older, according to the draft criteria. John Grohol is the founder of Psych Central. He is an author, researcher, and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues since Grohol has a Master's degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member of the Society for Participatory Medicine.
Women who have sex so frequently that it may cause them problems — sometimes referred to as being "hypersexual" — seem to be characterized more by their high rates of masturbation and pornography use, rather than passive forms of sexual behavior, such as having fantasies, as previous studies had suggested, according to new research. Hypersexuality is a highly debated topic among psychiatrists and sexual medicine researchers, who have different opinions about whether "too much" sexual activity is truly a disorder, for either sex. But perhaps more controversial are the views on hypersexuality in women , a group usually ignored in most studies of hypersexuality. To get a better idea of what hypersexual women actually do, the researchers surveyed nearly 1, women in Germany — mostly college students — and asked them how frequently they masturbated or watched porn, and how many sexual partners they'd had.