Criteria for Sex Addiction
  • Recurrent failure to resist sexual impulses in order to engage in specific sexual behaviors
  • Frequently engaging in those behaviors to a greater extent or over a longer period of time than intended
  • Persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to stop, reduce, or control those behaviors
  • Inordinate amounts of time spent in obtaining sex, being sexual, or recovering from sexual experiences
  • Preoccupation with sexual behavior or preparatory activities
  • Frequent engaging in the behavior when expected to fulfill occupational, academic, domestic, or social obligations
  • Continuation of the behavior despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent social, financial, psychological, or physical problem that is caused or exacerbated by the behavior
  • The need to increase the intensity, frequency, number, or risk level of behaviors in order to achieve the desired effect; or diminished effect with continued behaviors at the same level of intensity, frequency, number, or risk
  • Giving up or limiting social, occupational, or recreational activities because of the behavior
  • Distress, anxiety, restlessness, or irritability if unable to engage in the behavior
 

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