Sexual Addiction Research

(Also Known As: Sex Addict Research, Sexaholic Research, Sexual Impulses Research)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Sexual Addiction Related Research


The Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York State Psychiatric Institute conducted a study to review the considerations in assessing and treating individuals with paraphilias and hypersexual disorders. The researchers discussed the use of penile plethysmography, polygraphy and viewing time assessments. They also reviewed the risk assessment of sexual offenders as well as the environmental, behavioral, and pyschopharmaceutical treatments for hypersexual disorder and paraphilias. They have described the cognitive behavioral techniques to reduce sexual urges and other methods that can enhance appropriate sexual interests and arousal such as sex education, social skills training, etc. Psychopharmacological treatments were also discussed involving anti-androgens and SRIs. The conclusion of the study suggests that it is always ideal to begin the treatment with a less restrictive approach such as verbal and behavioral therapies as much as possible then move on to a more restrictive treatment of biological therapies and institutionalization when needed. 10

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Sexual Addiction Topics

Related Conditions

Drug Addiction – drug dependency, substance abuse, drug tolerance, withdrawal, intoxication, compulsion to use drugs, addiction
Gambling Addiction – compulsiveness to gamble, impulsive gambling, addiction, uncontrolled gambling, pathological gambling
Impulse Control Disorder – impulsiveness, compulsive behavior, kleptomania, pathological gambling, pyromania, obsessive compulsive
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – intrusive, repetitive thoughts, compulsiveness, obsessive personality, perfectionist
Paraphilias – persistent sexual interest, uncontrolled sexual behavior, pedophilias, sadism