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Sexual Addiction - How To Cope With It?

Dr. Antriksh Sharma 89% (18 ratings)
MBBS
Sexologist, samrala
Sexual Addiction - How To Cope With It?

While alcohol and drug addiction are commonplace, sexual addiction is also a real problem. This addiction can affect men and women. In many cases, this type of addiction lasts for months before it is diagnosed. A sex addict is a person who uses casual sex to relieve anxiety, tension, feelings of loneliness etc. In some cases, people can get so obsessed with sexual activities and thoughts that it affects their day to day life. This addiction can involve activities that are considered normal and healthy or be focused on activities that are socially frowned upon. It can manifest itself in the form of one night stands, engaging with prostitutes, watching porn excessively etc. Thankfully, as with any other kind of addiction, sexual addiction can be treated.

It is not easy to diagnose a sex addict as this form of addiction has many stages. Some of the symptoms a sex addict professional looks out for are:

  1. Intense sexual urges.

  2. Abnormal sexual activities.

  3. Difficulty connecting with people emotionally.

  4. The use of sex as an escape from uncomfortable situations etc.

  5. Irresponsible sexual behaviour.

Hence, the first step to coping with sexual addiction is for the patient to visit a doctor and accept that he or she has a problem. Many addicts do not realise they have a problem and lie to both themselves and their partners about the addiction. For example, most sexual addicts tell themselves that they watch porn only occasionally and that is simply harmless fun.

Once diagnosed, an addict needs positive motivation. Humiliation or looking down on the person because of his or her habits may worsen the situation instead of helping the person. Overcoming an addiction to pornography, voyeurism, phone sex, compulsive masturbation etc require intense effort and for this the person needs to feel that the people around him support him.

The patient and his loved ones also need to recognise the symptoms of the addiction. For example, if a person tends to watch pornography at night, he needs to ensure that he is occupied with something else until the urge to watch it goes away. In achieving this he may need the help of the people he lives with.

In some cases, psychotherapy may also be required to treat sexual addicts. This can be in the form of both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs. Psychotherapy takes the form of both one on one counselling sessions and group exercises.

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Sexual Addiction - How It Affects You & Your Relationships?

Dr. Shashi Bhushan Kumar 85% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Sexual Addiction - How It Affects You & Your Relationships?

Grief is a journey without a clear direction. The experience of grieving cannot be ordered, categorized or controlled. One can compare it to inevitable breathing. When we lose something, even minute things, it changes our world. And we have to adapt to that said loss. With any major grief, it literally breaks our hearts. Grief most often comes in waves of emotion.

It is a process and it is unique for each individual. For most people, the suffering never ends; it just becomes less severe and easier. For some people, it does not take long before the suffering eases and for some it takes years. Due to its complex nature, it is difficult to pinpoint what “healthy” grief looks like. If the level of grief matches the level of loss, it is generally considered to be an appropriate response. Everyone experiences grief differently and at different times.

Here are the most common emotions experienced by the individuals in grief:

  1. Denial and isolation: The first natural response to loss is denial. At this stage, people are aware of the facts, but are still in a denial stage of grief. In other words, they tend to ignore the obvious because their mind is not ready to accept the reality yet. The mechanism of denial itself creates a mental block for those thoughts that really bother or hurt the suffering person.
  2. Anger: As the isolation fades out, denial gets replaced by anger. The individual becomes frustrated, especially at proximate individuals.
  3. Guilt: Once the anger subsides, the person starts feeling guilty for becoming angry.
  4. Bargaining: At a point while grieving, a realization hits that there is nothing under one’s control. The grieving person then starts bargaining. They will use anything valuable against another human agency to extend or prolong the life. Bargaining is often accompanied in the form of a prayer, “God, don’t let this be true, take it away, and I will never sin again”.
  5. Pain: When bargaining fails, the grieving person feels anguished. The mental agony is intense.
  6. Depression: The person in grief becomes apathetic towards the entire situation. He/she feels extremely sad and empty. In this state, the individual may become silent, lose hope, and spend much of the time mournful and sullen.
  7. Acceptance: Eventually, the person comes to terms with the situation and the feelings towards it. Acceptance is the last stage in the grieving phase. It comes with a calm, retrospective view of the individual, and a stable condition of emotions.

In essence, what we conclude helps us to find our place in the scheme of things, establish what is true, and gives us a sense of control over living with the loss.
 

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Sexual Addiction - How To Get Rid Of It?

Dr. N.R. Mutalik 90% (21 ratings)
MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Bagalkot
Sexual Addiction - How To Get Rid Of It?

While sex is an important part of an adult’s life, it may also come with a number of problems for certain people. Sexual addiction is a problem faced by many and includes a wide range of behavioural patterns when it comes to sex and excessive indulgence in the same. This condition may impact the life of an individual in a significant and even debilitating manner. While many people may confuse this with mere addiction to porn, this is not true. Let us find out more.

Types of Sexual Addiction: There are a number of ways in which sexual addiction may be characterised. As mentioned above, it does not merely include addiction to pornography or any other aspect of sex. It may include an addiction of one or multiple aspects, which include pornography as well. The various forms of sexual addiction include pornography addiction, addiction to fantasy or masturbation, addiction to sadistic behaviour, addition to prostitution, and other excess sexual activities and pursuits like exhibitionism.

Symptoms and Signs: There are a number of physical and emotional symptoms and signs of this condition. The patients suffering from this condition may end up isolating or alienating their partners, which is one of the most common giveaways of this condition. They may also go from one relationship to another in no time at all, with multiple partners in many cases. Also, they will not really have healthy relationships with their partners because of their fantasy based perceptions when it comes to sex. The physical symptoms of this condition include falling prey to venereal diseases and infections on a frequent basis, as well as the exposure to unwanted pregnancy in at least 70% of the cases, as per many medical reports. Anxiety, depression and substance abuse are also some of the common outcomes of this kind of addiction.

Treatment: Sexual addiction and sexual dependency can be treated by first of all treating the physical manifestations of this condition and its symptoms like infections and other ailments. This will be done with the help of medication in most cases. Further, the patient will be put through CBT or cognitive behavioural therapy as well as other forms of sex therapy so that the evaluator or psychologist may find the root cause behind the condition.

This kind of therapy usually follows the route of exhaustive discussions in which the patient will be asked to talk about his or her emotions and problems. These will then be used in order to reprogram the attitude and thinking of the patient. In such cases, the patient will also be encouraged to invest time and effort in the emotional side of a committed relationship so that the dependency on sex may reduce.

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How To Stop A Masturbation Addiction!

Dr. Inderjeet Singh Gautam 91% (3625 ratings)
D.E.H.M, B.E.M.S, M.D.(E.H)
Sexologist, Faridabad
How To Stop A Masturbation Addiction!

Masturbation happens in every culture, across every period of history, and it's the way most adolescents discover what they enjoy before embarking on adult sexual relationships. Masturbation is a healthy and natural part of human sexuality and development. However, if you are unable to control your urge to masturbate or if frequent masturbation is interfering with your school, work, or social life, then it's possible to gain control.

Know when to seek help. Masturbation is a natural and healthy behavior. Even if you masturbate often, you may not have an addiction. If you cannot control your thoughts or urges or if masturbation is preventing you from participating in school or work, it may be time to reach out for help. Don't feel ashamed, and remember that many people have similar problems. Seeking help is a brave action, and most people you ask will see it as such.

Make an appointment with a medical professional. Counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists are all trained to help people with varying levels of addiction. Start by seeing a therapist in your area, who can assess your addiction and refer you to more specialized help if necessary.

Discuss how masturbation affects your life with the therapist. Some people may use masturbation as a way to distract them from other feelings, emotions, and problems. Try to be open with your therapist as you discuss the impact that masturbation has on your life.

  • It may take a few sessions for you to feel comfortable with your therapist. This is natural. Take the time you need.
  • If you feel empty, sad, or angry before or after masturbation, share these details with your therapist. They can help you determine the source of your feelings.

Discuss your treatment options. Masturbation addiction is considered by some to be a form of sex addiction. Your therapist may recommend a combination of medication and cognitive behavioral therapy to help you work through it.

 

 

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Sex Addiction - 8 Ways Ayurveda Can Help You Overcome It!

Dr. Shyam Mithiya 90% (713 ratings)
MD - Psychiatry, Diploma in Psychological Medicine, MBBS
Sexologist, Mumbai
Sex Addiction - 8 Ways Ayurveda Can Help You Overcome It!

Sex addiction can result from a lot of reasons. From coping with a mechanism to self-pleasure, beating loneliness to excess sex during the teen, anything can be a contributing factor. While the scientific community still does not pinpoint this as a disease, an increasing number of individuals are being identified who are suffering from an addiction to sex. While there is no quick fix to it, Ayurveda has ways that can address sex addiction and fix it for good:

  1. Food is essential: There should be razor sharp focus on eating. Sattvik Food such as curd, milk, bread, wheat, rice, sugar, milk is some of the best food items to curve sex addiction. Fruits such as apples, bananas, grapes, mangoes and pomegranates play rich dividends in checking sex addiction. Popular meal preparation such as Havishya Annam and Charu are extremely helpful in curtailing sex addiction.
  2. Food to avoid: In Ayurveda food items such as meat, eggs, fish are considered as detrimental as far as sex health is concerned. They tend to increase sex addiction. The meat of buffalo, sheep or goat increases sex drive in an individual.
  3. Breathing exercise: Pranayama or slow breathing is another excellent way to reduce sex addiction. This is slow release and intake of oxygen. An expert supervision is required when it is performed for the first time.
  4. Working out: Daily jogging, running, working out or simply walking will go a long way in ensuring that an individual cut down his sex addiction over a period. Working out helps to profoundly sweat and helps the organ perform better. Not to mention, it lifts a person’s mood and installs loads of positive energy.
  5. Avoid addiction: Any addiction be it smoking, drinking, substance, drugs or marijuana can be extremely detrimental. External stimulus not only increases sex addiction but proves to be hazardous for the body over the long term.
  6. Keep hydrated: Remaining hydrated throughout the day is important. Drinking water, fruit juice, and other non-sweet drinks prove to be very handy in cutting down sex addiction. However, it should be ensured to refrain from drinking carbonated drinks. They increase fat in the body and make a person lethargic.
  7. Quick meditationWhile meditation sounds daunting at times, it is not that difficult to do it. Sitting down in a quiet place and counting numbers from 1 to 100 is also a form of meditation. The idea is to concentrate and keep the focus for a stretch of time. Meditation greatly helps a person to curb sex addiction by keeping the mind focused.
  8. Ayurvedic tonics: Ayurvedic items such as Ashwagandha, Brahmi, and turmeric can help to reduce sex addiction.

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Signs And Symptoms Of Sexual Addiction!

Dr. Rohit Garg 90% (47 ratings)
MBBS, M.D Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Signs And Symptoms Of Sexual Addiction!

While sex is an important part of an adult’s life, it may also come with a number of problems for certain people. Sexual addiction is a problem faced by many and includes a wide range of behavioural patterns when it comes to sex and excessive indulgence in the same. This condition may impact the life of an individual in a significant and even debilitating manner. While many people may confuse this with mere addiction to porn, this is not true. Let us find out more.

Types of Sexual Addiction: There are a number of ways in which sexual addiction may be characterised. As mentioned above, it does not merely include addiction to pornography or any other aspect of sex. It may include an addiction of one or multiple aspects, which include pornography as well. The various forms of sexual addiction include pornography addiction, addiction to fantasy or masturbation, addiction to sadistic behaviour, addition to prostitution, and other excess sexual activities and pursuits like exhibitionism.

Symptoms and Signs: There are a number of physical and emotional symptoms and signs of this condition. The patients suffering from this condition may end up isolating or alienating their partners, which is one of the most common giveaways of this condition. They may also go from one relationship to another in no time at all, with multiple partners in many cases. Also, they will not really have healthy relationships with their partners because of their fantasy based perceptions when it comes to sex. The physical symptoms of this condition include falling prey to venereal diseases and infections on a frequent basis, as well as the exposure to unwanted pregnancy in at least 70% of the cases, as per many medical reports. Anxiety, depression and substance abuse are also some of the common outcomes of this kind of addiction.

Treatment: Sexual addiction and sexual dependency can be treated by first of all treating the physical manifestations of this condition and its symptoms like infections and other ailments. This will be done with the help of medication in most cases. Further, the patient will be put through CBT or cognitive behavioural therapy as well as other forms of sex therapy so that the evaluator or psychologist may find the root cause behind the condition.

This kind of therapy usually follows the route of exhaustive discussions in which the patient will be asked to talk about his or her emotions and problems. These will then be used in order to reprogram the attitude and thinking of the patient. In such cases, the patient will also be encouraged to invest time and effort in the emotional side of a committed relationship so that the dependency on sex may reduce. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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How Ayurveda Can Help Overcome Sexual Addiction?

Dr. Rahul Gupta 94% (17442 ratings)
MD-Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Dehradun
How Ayurveda Can Help Overcome Sexual Addiction?

Sexual pleasure is one of those things in life which gives utmost satisfaction to any person. In fact, it is safe to say that sexual satisfaction can add more to life than any other things in the world, be it money or luxury! For as long as I can remember, people have been fighting over sexual liberation and also to make the representation of sexual acts more readily acceptable. But now, that we have almost achieved the said act of liberation it seems like we have started to overdo it! There runs a fine line between indulging in a sexual act and being addicted to it. For most people in today's generation, the line seems to be dissolving and people tend to shift towards getting addicted to sexual mannerisms.

This seems to be a growing concern in people aged below the 40's. Believe it or not, having a hyperactive sexual lifestyle is not something that you would want to carry on with for a long time. Yes, you read that right there are one too many reasons that one should start to combat their addiction! The very act of sexual pleasure was termed as pleasure because it was nothing like anything that a person would experience otherwise. For a sex addict, it is no longer about pleasure but the high of it! Hence, it is just about time that you start to take measures against Sexual addiction and bring meaning to your life.

Read the tips given below that might help you in giving up on your unwanted addiction:

  1. Seeking support from your near and dear ones: Believe it or not, support does bring about a change in your life only if you root for it! No matter how addicted you are to sex, but it is your near and dear ones you go to at the end of the day. And hence, they have the sole power of saving you from the wrath of this addiction as well. It is most recommended if you spend more time with your loved ones and occupy your mind with the activities of the simple pleasure of life such as playing with your children or going on a walk with your partner. The idea is to remind yourself of your priorities once again and not go for cheap thrills.
  2. Seek help from a professional therapist: Call it a bad idea, or whatever, but if support from your loved ones isn't helping you then it is a sign that you are in need of professional help. It is best recommended if you reach out to a sex addict specialist and discuss needful therapy plans with them. The best way is by setting small goals for you and reaching your goal one step at a time. This kind of a hypersexual behavior is not normal and might be indicating some sort of unusual disorder.
  3. Seek out ayurvedic treatment: If nothing seems to be working for you, the last and most effective resort is to take ayurvedic treatment. Ayurveda is leading source of overcoming sexual addiction in most cases. Organic Ayurvedic treatment has not only been good for the overall health of the patient but it also assures you 100% desired results. Learn more about the ayurvedic sexual addiction treatment click the link below and discover the treatment which can potentially change your life!

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Signs You're A Sex Addict!

Sexologist
Sexologist, Delhi
Signs You're A Sex Addict!

Are you a sex addict and suffer from sexual addiction? Sexual addiction, also referred to as hyper sexual disorder or compulsive sexual behavior, is a condition in which a person becomes obsessed with thoughts about sex, sexual urges, and risky behavior, all of which are capable of landing them in trouble. It is also likely to cause distress in a person’s personal relationships, health, and in other spheres of life. Self-stimulation by a person is also a part of sexual addiction. A sex addict is detested by the society, and ends up being rejected from all places.

Symptoms of sexual addiction
A number of behavioural characteristics of an individual may indicate that he or she is a sex addict. Some of them include:

  1. Number of affairs at a time
  2. Cybersex
  3. Extreme sexual impulses
  4. Excessive masturbation
  5. Unsafe sex

Ways to deal with sexual addiction
Here are the top ways of dealing or coping with sexual addiction:

  • Get enrolled in a treatment program for sexual addiction, and follow the program seriously and sincerely. The program may include therapy sessions with a therapist, and attending other sessions and therapies that are meant for sexual addiction recovery. These programs are quite strict, and you need to maintain discipline.
  • Self-educate yourself for coping with your sexual addiction. Undertake research and find about the various types of compulsive sexual behaviors that are linked with sexual addiction.
  • Analyse and recognise the triggers to your sexual addiction and sex addictive nature. Recognise situations and thoughts, and then train yourself to keep away from being triggered.
  • Abstain from any form of risky behavior while coping with sexual addiction. Recognise all conditions that may be risky and avoid facing them. Stop yourself from visiting pubs, strip clubs, and bars where you are likely to be tempted to find a way and have sex.
  • Avoid watching pornographic videos and pictures. You should install a software on your computer that blocks all forms of adult websites.
  • Take medication for mental health issues and for substance abuse. This is important for coping with sexual addiction. Stress, depression, anger, and anxiety are common factors that lead to sexual addiction and compulsive sexual behavior.
  • Make a healthy lifestyle choice and spend time in locations that are healthy. Do not try to deal with negative sentiments by having sexual intercourse. Work out regularly and try activities that are productive.
  • Practice stress management. Consider trying out relaxation techniques of several types such as meditation, yoga, and tai chi.

Your determination, focus, and willpower are the most important factors that determine your rate and progress of recovery from sexual addiction. The treatment program may be quite lengthy, but you should hold on tight and not quit half way.
 

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Sex Addiction Symptoms - How Can They Be Dealt With?

Dr. Vikas Jain 90% (148 ratings)
MD, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Sex Addiction Symptoms - How Can They Be Dealt With?

Are you confused about whether you are a sex addict or not? Well, loving to have sex and being a sex addict are two completely different things and if you want to know the difference then you must look out for the signs of sex addiction.

Signs of Sex Addiction

  1. One of the common signs of sex addiction is the urge to masturbate at most times. And it means literally at all times. If you find yourself doing it before going out to work, after lunch or even before sleep, then you might be a sex addict.
  2. If you feel a constant crisis in your life, this could also be a symbol of being a sex addict. If you are constantly changing your sex partners and still find yourself in a crisis, then something is really not ok.
  3. Thirdly, if you care only about yourself when it comes to sex, it is another sign that you are a sex addict. You might be a caring person in other cases, but when it comes to sex, you tend to become selfish and start exploiting others.
  4. If you are having sex without the consent of your partner and do not think about the consequences attached with it, it is a sign that you are a sex addict.

How Can You Deal With Sex Addiction?
Sex addiction might seem impossible to deal with but there are ways which can help you out.

  1. The first step towards dealing with sex addiction is that you should know the difference between healthy and unhealthy sex. You should be able to differentiate between the both.
  2. Avoid the places that can trigger your addiction towards sex. You are the only person who will know your triggers. If it is a bar or a pub, then avoid going to those places, instead go on a dinner with your loved ones.
  3. Try engaging in activities that interest you as this can help you get over the urge to have sex. These will also help you stay active and be more productive.
  4. Cutting ties with contacts that help you fulfill your sexual desires can be a great way to manage sex addiction.

Always remember that your loved ones are always there for you. Confide in a close friend regarding your addiction and he or she will help you out. Sex addiction is not hard to overcome if you have the willpower to do so.
If the above-mentioned tips do not help, seek assistance from a professional.

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Signs You Are A Sex Addict!

Dr. Sharath Kumar C 87% (1355 ratings)
Ph.D (Male Infertility), M.S (Infertility), D.G.L.S, D.R.C.O.G, C.Sc., D.M.R.D, M.B.B.S
Sexologist, Bangalore
Signs You Are A Sex Addict!

Are you a sex addict and suffer from sexual addiction? Sexual addiction, also referred to as hyper sexual disorder or compulsive sexual behavior, is a condition in which a person becomes obsessed with thoughts about sex, sexual urges, and risky behavior, all of which are capable of landing them in trouble. It is also likely to cause distress in a person’s personal relationships, health, and in other spheres of life. Self-stimulation by a person is also a part of sexual addiction. A sex addict is detested by the society, and ends up being rejected from all places.

Symptoms of sexual addiction
A number of behavioural characteristics of an individual may indicate that he or she is a sex addict. Some of them include:

  1. Number of affairs at a time
  2. Cybersex
  3. Extreme sexual impulses
  4. Excessive masturbation
  5. Unsafe sex

Ways to deal with sexual addiction
Here are the top ways of dealing or coping with sexual addiction:

  • Get enrolled in a treatment program for sexual addiction, and follow the program seriously and sincerely. The program may include therapy sessions with a therapist, and attending other sessions and therapies that are meant for sexual addiction recovery. These programs are quite strict, and you need to maintain discipline.
  • Self-educate yourself for coping with your sexual addiction. Undertake research and find about the various types of compulsive sexual behaviors that are linked with sexual addiction.
  • Analyse and recognise the triggers to your sexual addiction and sex addictive nature. Recognise situations and thoughts, and then train yourself to keep away from being triggered.
  • Abstain from any form of risky behavior while coping with sexual addiction. Recognise all conditions that may be risky and avoid facing them. Stop yourself from visiting pubs, strip clubs, and bars where you are likely to be tempted to find a way and have sex.
  • Avoid watching pornographic videos and pictures. You should install a software on your computer that blocks all forms of adult websites.
  • Take medication for mental health issues and for substance abuse. This is important for coping with sexual addiction. Stress, depression, anger, and anxiety are common factors that lead to sexual addiction and compulsive sexual behavior.
  • Make a healthy lifestyle choice and spend time in locations that are healthy. Do not try to deal with negative sentiments by having sexual intercourse. Work out regularly and try activities that are productive.
  • Practice stress management. Consider trying out relaxation techniques of several types such as meditation, yoga, and tai chi.

Your determination, focus, and willpower are the most important factors that determine your rate and progress of recovery from sexual addiction. The treatment program may be quite lengthy, but you should hold on tight and not quit half way.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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