Sexual Compulsivity, Treatment of

This entry begins by briefly defining sexual compulsivity and describes the cluster of symptoms that comprise the behavior. Common clinical issues and approaches to treatment specifically associated with sexual compulsivity are presented. The entry concludes with a description of LGBTQ-affirming treatment of sexually compulsive behavior.

Sexual Compulsivity

Sexually compulsive behavior has gained increasing attention within professional literature. While sexual compulsivity is a concern for many individuals, reliable epidemiological data derived from rigorous studies are limited. As a result, prevalence of sexual compulsivity—particularly among LGBTQ individuals—varies greatly. Sexual compulsivity has been associated with many names, such as hypersexual disorder, sexual addiction, hypersexuality, nymphomania, and others. Sexual compulsivity is not included in the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM–5). There is ...

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