Sexual Addiction Essay

1436 Words Jan 11th, 2008 6 Pages
Sexual Addition may be a common problem but it still remains a relatively understood condition characterized by strong sexual urges. In recent weeks, the issue has resurfaced. Last week, a Journalist Brian Alexander(2007), this psychological condition was once again questioned and the condition was described as such: "Sexual addiction is defined as any sexually-related, compulsive behavior which interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends, loved ones and one's work environment". However, many psychologists and therapists alike find this definition to be vague and void of concrete symptoms that differ from those that are experienced by someone not suffering from a sexual addiction. Sexual addiction, like …show more content…
However, while a more specific list of symptoms and the SAST may help to simplify the diagnosis, the origin of sexual addition is still widely misunderstood. Many believe that unlike a typical person that looks at sex as a destination, with an orgasm being the ultimate satisfaction, sexual addicts look at sex as a journey, with no known ending. The chemical dopamine that is released in the brain during sexual activity creates the feeling of euphoria. The same chemical is also created by highly addictive drugs like cocaine and methamphetamines. Therefore, like a drug addict, the person becomes obsessed with the feeling of being on a high from the dopamine released into the brain. They begin to develop compulsive patterns of behavior in an attempt to achieve the same feeling. Their routines become more complicated and intense to the point that they cannot function without having thoughts of achieving the same high. Therefore, many sex addicts are referred to as "chemical addicts." Like a drug addict who needs to increase their dose in order to feel a high, a sex addict must increase their sexual behaviors in order to feel the same chemical release into the brain.
Due to the sensitivity of the subject, the person will often try to cure themselves. However, there

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