Sex addiction, known as hypersexual disorder, is sometimes disagreed upon by experts as to whether sex addiction is a true “addiction” as defined by Webster’s dictionary, or the result of underlying issues being expressed in a sexual and unhealthy way. Either way, for those experience sex addiction, it is very real and has very real consequences.
Sexual addiction is best described as a progressive intimacy disorder that manifests itself in sexual acts, or even sexual thoughts. As with other addicts, these symptoms can have a negative effect on their workplace, home life, family and friends. And like other addictions, the sex addict may develop a “tolerance” and have to up their game to try and get the same “fix” as before. In a sex addict’s world, this can mean engaging in even riskier sexual situations as the addiction progresses. These sexual situations may put their health at risk, jobs at risk, and their relationships at risk.