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Article by Heide McConkey

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AFFIRMOTIVE - Professional Counsellor Clinical Sex Therapist Heide McConkey Director at SEX ADDICTION AUSTRALIA

Registered Professional Counsellor ACA

Registered Professional Sex Therapist ASSERT

Heide is a specialist counsellor for sexual addictions and sexuality isues.
Sydney Office
Sydney
NSW
Australia 2022
02 9380 4486 - 0419 430 534

Counselling - Sex Addiction

By ©Heide McConkey C.M.A.C.A., Sexologist

Research figures indicate 5% of the USA adult male population and 3% of the adult female population is being affected by sexual addiction, with a tendency to rise.

There is much discussion of what may cause sexual addiction with research still ongoing.

Likely areas of impairment include early psychological development with faulty experiences of early care giving.

Many sex addicts report emotional or physical childhood abuse and may see themselves as ‘damaged’, ‘tarnished’ or ‘diminished’.

Stress and lowered moods are also contributors to sexual addiction. Sex, pornography, or masturbation are commonly used by the sex addict as a form of self-medicating and escapism from stress, emptiness, restlessness, irritability, sadness, or other low moods.

The onset of sexual addiction occurs mostly during adolescence when sexual self-pleasuring may be used to escape the unpleasantness of tension, sadness, unhappiness, aloneness, family dysfunction, feelings of inadequacy, and a lack of attractiveness.

Another contributing area to the development of sex addiction is the absence of adequate sex education. Pre-adolescents and adolescents are often left with unsupervised ‘self education’ and feed their natural sexual curiosities with mostly inadequate materials, such as adult porn, both magazines or the internet.

Nothing prepares the young person for love, bond, and in particular for a permission to healthy sexual pleasure. Instead the young brain develops an attachment to false powerful sexual fantasies that may become the fuel for the development of a later sexual addiction.

It is important to understand that sex addiction is NOT a moral failure.

Sex addiction is a neurochemistry.

The brain addicts to elevated levels of  brain chemicals, including dopamines, endorphins, PEA, and opiate peptides. The sex addict uses sex, masturbation, or frequently changing sexual partners as a drug to achieve a high.

10 Sep 2013

Last Update: 2 Jun 2014

Article/Information supplied by Heide McConkey

Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.

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