Everyone does it. It is a natural urge. Some people are more passionate than others. These are all facts. There are circumstances when our primary instincts are described as hypersexual. As such, the condition itself is not considered to be a problem, but it is not fully understood either. Sexuality is the normal, healthy part of everyone’s life. Hypersexuality or sex obsessions becomes a challenge when it starts influencing your everyday routine, putting you in potentially harmful circumstances and reflects on your relationships with other people. Causes of hypersexuality include higher levels of sex hormones as much as environmental effects.
How to recognize when enough is too much
It is always better to consult the healthcare professional when in doubt. However, we can point to several symptoms which can tell whether it is high time you schedule your appointment.
- If you have difficulties handling situations with your sexual partners and habits
- If you feel embarrassed, shameful or extremely humiliated in regard to your sexual acts
- If you think about sex all the time, to the extent it prevents you from normal functioning at home, work, etc.
- If you decide you would change something in your sexual behavior, but you never do
- If you are experiencing constant sexual fantasies, and it becomes a sort of a ritual to you
- If you have developed sexual dysfunction or caught sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
- If you feel the situation is getting complicated and leads you towards depression, substance abuse or obsessive behavior.
Passion embedded in early life
People can be genetically predisposed to sexually obsessive habits. That kind of condition can also be triggered by various external circumstances such as early exposure to explicit sexual content. Roots of the setback may be even deeper and include social isolation or even completely the opposite – witnessing and eventually accepting sexually addictive behavior as a “model”.
Things to focus on fighting the obsessiveness:
- Learning how to reconnect with people
- Managing stress
- Identifying triggers for sexual thoughts or compulsive sexual behaviors
- Finding alternatives to sexual behavior, which are less destructive
If everything else fails, or if you hesitate to contact the professional therapist, you can always ease your mind and direct your obsessive thoughts to something completely different. Playing is a great way to explore the earthly pleasures of experiencing joy, self-affirmation, and break.