Answer the quiz questions below to see if you or a loved one may be suffering from a sex addiction. Instructions: Below is a list of questions that relate to life experiences common among people who exhibit hypersexual behavior. Please read each question carefully, and indicate how often you have experienced the same or similar challenges in the past few months. Enter your email below to receive the free Psycom mental health eNewsletter. We try hard to make it great and we will not bombard your inbox. Your privacy is important to us.
Sex addiction, also known as compulsive sexual behavior or hypersexuality disorder, is characterized by the compulsive need to engage in sexual practices and the inability to exercise control over sexual desires and cravings. People who struggle with this addiction have an abnormally high libido and are obsessed with everything related to sex. As you can imagine, social interactions are especially tricky for people with hypersexuality since their intrusive and obsessive thoughts related to sexuality can prevent them from behaving normally. Recent studies indicate that, from a physiological and psychological perspective, sex addiction is very much like any other addiction. In other words, hypersexuality is characterized by the activation of the same reward system that prompts other addicts to engage in destructive behaviors.
Use this brief screening measure to help you determine if you might need to see a mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment of a sexual addiction. Instructions: This is a screening measure to help you determine whether you might have a problem with sexual addiction that needs professional attention. This screening measure is not designed to make a diagnosis of a sexual addiction or take the place of a professional diagnosis or consultation.
Do you keep secrets about your sexual behavior or romantic fantasies from those important to you? Do you lead a double life? Do you need greater variety, increased frequency, or more extreme sexual activities to achieve the same level of excitement or relief? Do your relationships become distorted with sexual preoccupation? Does each new relationship have the same destructive pattern which prompted you to leave the last one?