The 9 Types of Sexual Addiction
Haven considered a general overview of sexual addiction with concentrations on what sexual addiction is, its causes, signs and symptoms exhibited by its addict, the treatment for it and how to avoid it. Now, very importantly let’s consider it from another angle. The types of sexual addiction.
Do you know that there are different types of sexual addiction? The answer is yes. Funny, right? But the truth is study shows that not all sexual addicts have the same kind of sex disorder. A lot of people think that only people who engage in continuous sexual intercourse are addicts, this might be true in most cases and that is why most hypersexual persons do not know that they have a disorder and do not realize that they are sex addicts.
Now let’s talk about these varying types of sex addictions or otherwise known as hypersexual disorders, and then you can know if you have one of these disorders and need to be treated
- EXBITIONISM: Also known as (the Grandstander) is a sexual disorder characterized by the exposure in public of those parts of the body that are not normally exposed i.e. the genitals, to non-consenting persons. It sounds funny yea? But it’s actually true; there are people who intentionally show their private part to people in the public. This particular disorder is categorized under subtypes depending on the age of the non-consenting or un-suspecting victims. The subtypes based on age could be towards
- Prepubescent children: children who have not attained puberty, mostly below age 13 years.
- Or both
This disorder is common to young adults and the behavior may lessen as the addict grows older.
- Alcohol abuse
- Sexual and emotional abuse during childhood
- Sexual preoccupation in childhood
- Antisocial personality disorder
Recurrent sexual behaviors involving exposure of genitals to unsuspecting persons over a period of at least six months.
This disorder is actually illegal if the addict is caught and most of its addicts don’t receive treatment until they are caught and are required to by the authorities under the law. The basic treatment for this kind of sex addiction includes psychotherapy and use of medications (using sexual hormones inhibition medication).
- PEDOPHILIA: this is another type of disorder that is illegal under the law. It is a situation where an adult/adolescent addict is exclusively attracted and carries out sexual activity to pre-pubertal children. Beyond this being a sexual disorder, it is also considered as a mental disorder. An addict with this disorder is called a
- Abnormalities in the brain due to abnormal brain development
- Traumatic experiences in the addict’s early life
Intense sexual urge or behavior directed towards children only to with the aim of deriving sexual gratification or satisfaction.
- Most experts do not consider a person’s pedophilic feelings are curable but they do believe therapy may help the addict mange those feelings and not act on them.
- Medications can also be used to suppress the sexual urges.
- VOYEURISM: Also known as Peeping Tom refers to the practice of gaining sexual pleasure from watching others when they are naked or engaged in a sexual activity. Usually, such persons are hidden from the view of others, they do it secretly and a person with this disorder is referred to as a voyeur. This could also include listening to erotic conversations e.g. telephone sex in the instance of eaves dropping on the conversations of others. A voyeur usually doesn’t seek sexual contact with his/her victim, and orgasm is achieved through masturbation.
- Random/accidental observation of an unsuspecting naked person
- Recurrent sexual fantasies that leads to the disruption of the addict’s social, occupational, educational and all other everyday functioning.
- An over six (6) months sexual behavior involving the act of observing unsuspecting naked persons.
- Compulsion into admitting and taking the difficult step of wanting to modify the existing behavior.
- Seeking a behavioral therapy from an expert or professional.
- TRANSVESTIC FETISHISM (Also known as “the Queen or Cross-dressers): A transvestic fetish sexual disorder is an excessive sexual or erotic desire to dress in clothes of the opposite sex. Addicts with this disorder can adopt mannerism, clothing, materials and other items associated with the opposite sex.
Though it is difficult to diagnose this disorder but it usually begins in early childhood when a child dresses up in the clothing of an opposite sex and may continue doing it. This could be fun to the child but the reasons for finding these fun remains unknown to the child. A continuation of this habit into adulthood most likely leads to this disorder.
- Continuous urge to dress in the clothes of the opposite sex
- The need to cross-dress in order to get sexually aroused
- Application of cognitive behavioral therapy usually done by a psychologist or psychiatrist
- Use of prescribed medications
Other types of sexual addiction or hypersexual disorder based on similar mode of treatments include the following:
- ANONYMOUS SEX: This refers to the act of deriving sexual pleasure/gratification by having sex with strangers. The addict who has this disorder doesn’t care about the identity of their partner and the anonymity is what makes the sex exciting. Also, the addict does not need to worry about developing feelings of love and intimacy for their partners. Ones the anonymity in this relationship is broken, the addict no longer has an interest in the relationship. An example of someone who has this disorder is a person that frequents on one night stands.
- Pre-existing depression
- Low self esteem
- SEDUCTIVE ROLE SEX: it is a disorder that arises from the fear of abandonment which leads the addict into having more than one relationship as a way of preventing the hurt they are sure they will receive. This kind of addict engages others in sexual activities by using manipulative ploys and persuasion.
- EXPLOITATIVE SEX: this is the use of force by an addict to gain sexual access to a victim through the use of position, social status or power. A vivid example of this type of sexual addiction is rape.
- FANTASY SEX: this disorder occurs when an individual is obsessed with fantasies sexual in nature. This may even involve a romantic partner or lover but the addict is totally detached from all forms of genuine intimacy with his/her partner. This can prevent the development of genuine emotions towards partners. Behaviors can be created based on imaginations of the addict which can be as a result of certain external forces such as pornography.
- PAYING FOR SEX: this type of disorder requires the addict deriving pleasure in actually paying for sex irrespective of having lovers or in an emotional relationship. The desire to have sexual intercourse in the way they choose drives the behavior of an addict with this disorder.
The treatment for the types of sexual addiction listed from numbers 5-9 doesn’t differ from those of the several other types of sexual addictions. The only difference is that their principal signs and symptoms could be un-noticeable.
It is however important to note that some of this sexual activities when done in moderation are not necessarily considered part of an addiction. They may occur within the context of a normal intimate sexual relationship. They can only qualify as a sexual addiction if they satisfy the criteria of continuous, compulsive, uncontrollable engagement in these sexual activities.
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