Sexual addiction, also known as sex addiction or hypersexuality, is compulsive participation or engagement in sexual activity, despite negative consequences. In clinical diagnostics, the addiction misnomer sexual dependence may also refer to a conceptual model that is used to assess people who report being unable to control their sexual urges, behaviors, or thoughts. Related models of pathological sexual behavior include hypersexuality, erotomania, nymphomania, satyriasis, Don Juanism (or Don Juanitaism), and paraphilia-related disorders.

Clinicians, such as psychiatrists, sociologists, sexologists, and other specialists, have variable opinions on the classification and clinical diagnosis of sexual addictions, with many believing that "sexual addiction" does not exist as a clinical entity.

Neuroscientists, pharmacologists, molecular biologists, and other researchers in related fields have identified a single, undisputed transcriptional and epigenetic model of drug and behavioral (including sexual) addiction pathophysiology. Diagnostic models, which use the pharmacological model of addiction (this model associates addiction with drug-related concepts, particularly physical dependence, drug withdrawal, and drug tolerance), do not currently include diagnostic criteria to identify sexual addictions in a clinical setting. In the alternative reward-reinforcement model of addiction, which uses neuropsychological concepts to characterize addictions, sexual addictions are identifiable and well-characterized. In this model, addictive drugs are characterized as those which are both reinforcing and rewarding (i.e., activates neural pathways associated with reward perception). Addictive behaviors (those which can induce a compulsive state) are similarly identified and characterized by their rewarding and reinforcing properties.

symptoms of a sex addict
  • Compulsive masturbation
     
  • Pornography
     
  • Compulsive heterosexual and homosexual relationships
     
  • Prostitution
     
  • Exhibitionism
     
  • Voyeurism
     
  • Indecent phone calls
     
  • Incest
     
  • Child molesting
     
  • Rape and violence
     
  • TREATMENT

    Sex addiction is a behaviour disorder which can be dangerous for the sex addict and the people surrounding him. So instead of trying to hide the problem the person should consult the doctor in person at the earliest. The doctor after doing a proper counselling will give an appropriate solution for the problem.