Sex and intimacy are basic human needs. Sex addiction, on the other hand, is a serious condition that can harm your relationships and your quality of life. You might start to notice that your focus on sex keeps you from fully engaging in work or family life. Perhaps you spend a large amount of money seeking out casual or anonymous sex. To gauge whether this applies to you, complete our brief sexual addiction screening test. This sex addiction quiz will help you find out whether there are underlying elements to your compulsive behavior.
Quiz to Determine if You May Be a Sex Addict - SAA
Why some people, and not others, develop an addiction to sex is poorly understood. Possibly some biochemical abnormality or other brain changes increase risk. The fact that antidepressants and other psychotropic medications have proven effective in treating some people with sex addiction suggests that this might be the case. This pathway leads into the area of the brain responsible for our higher thinking, rational thought and judgment. The brain tells the sex addict that having illicit sex is good the same way it tells others that food is good when they are hungry. This biochemical model helps explain why competent, intelligent, goal-directed people can be so easily sidetracked by drugs and sex. The idea that, on a daily basis, a successful mother or father, doctor or businessperson can drop everything to think about sex, scheme about sex, identify sexual opportunities and take advantage of them seems unbelievable.
Sex is a normal part of the human experience, and one that modern society now embraces and encourages. Our media is flooded with sexualized images, from advertisements in magazines, billboards, and TV commercials to sexually explicit lyrics and music videos, to sex scenes in television shows and movies. Sex is not a problem for most people, but it can become an issue for some. The term sexual addiction is frequently used to describe the problem some people have when they act out sexually in ways they feel they cannot control, and which are detrimental to their health and relationships. However, there is no official clinical diagnosis of sex addiction, making consistent identification and treatment of this issue a little murky.