The Nookie Know-It-All: Curious About Nymphomania

“What is the technical definition of a sex addict?” — Potential Nympho, via email

The National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity has defined sexual addiction as “engaging in persistent and escalating patterns of sexual behavior acted out despite increasing negative consequences to self and others.” Translated, that means that a sex addict is not like Samantha on Sex and the City. It’s way more serious than that.

Sex addicts tend to have the same compulsive personality that alcohol, drug, and gambling addicts have. But while booze, drugs, and card playing aren’t required for human survival, sex is. Sure, some people can choose to be celibate…but having a sex drive is a normal, healthy thing. Because of this, sexual addiction is one of the hardest addictions to treat.

A few signs sexual addicts might exhibit (in case you were curious), after the jump…

  • Preoccupation with or persistent craving for sex
  • Unsuccessful attempts to limit sexual activity
  • Continued involvement in excessive sexual practices despite desire to stop
  • Engagement in sex to the detriment of valued activities and obligations such as work, school and family
  • Continuation of the sexual behavior despite negative consequences
  • If you have any of these symptoms, make an appt. with a doctor. Just like any other addiction, it’s something that requires attention and treatment.

    Got a burning question for our amazingly wise Nookie Know-It-All? Email it to sexpert@thefrisky.com. Don’t worry, we’ll keep your deets between us.

    A Note On Playing It Safe: The Frisky thinks safe sex is smart sex – so please practice it in the way that’s right for your relationship.

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