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Sex Addiction Compulsive need or desire to have sex, masturbate, or to participate in one-time sexual affairs, regular use of prostitutes, voyeurism or just obsessively thinking about sex are just some of the symptoms of a person suffering from a sex addiction.

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Old 08-06-2017, 11:37 PM
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Default Causes of Sex Addiction

The causes of sexual compulsivity and sexual addiction in general are complex and difficult to attribute to one single cause. What is known is that many who struggle with sexual compulsivity have survived histories of severe family dysfunction and violence, frequently reporting that they were the victims and witnesses of emotional, sexual and physical abuse. According to the findings of one study, 72% had been physically abused in childhood, 81% had been sexually abused, and 97% emotionally abused. Based on that study, as you might imagine, many sexual addicts come from families where their emotional needs were not met.

Further research comparing sexual addiction to food addictions, drug or alcohol addictions, and behaviors like compulsive gambling are also shedding light on the reasons some develop sexual addiction. The ways addiction affects the frontal lobe regions of the brain are of particular interest because these areas monitor things like compulsivity and the ability to make sound decisions.

Like a person with a compulsive desire to overeat feels that their brain urges them on even when hunger is not present, people with sexual addictions may have obsessive and unwanted thoughts about sex. They may be unable to stop themselves from actions like viewing pornography at work, despite the ramifications, or pursuing sexual relationships without intimate connections.

Over time, the brainís reward system may make the person feel they must engage in these behaviors or they may not survive. This situation can apply to people who would not normally be viewed by others as likely to have an addiction, such as career-oriented, highly-successful people.

Each encounter with sex or pornography may bring a sense of pleasure to the brain.
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