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A definition is difficult to agree on among the researchers, as hypersexuality may be based on “total frequency of sexual outlets”, or “having daily orgasms for six consecutive months, which would identify the top 5-10 percent of the male population". Sexual outlets included: "intercourse with a regular partner, masturbation, protracted promiscuity, and paying for sex.” Researchers insisted that in addition to the above definitions, the person must also be experiencing “adverse psychosocial consequences”, a high frequency of sexual activity that is not causing problems may not be, well, problematic.

Hypersexuality in Men:

  • Sexual experiences started early and were frequent and diverse, including increased frequencies of same-sex sexual behavior, paying for sex, exhibitionism, voyeurism, and masochism/sadism.
  • Despite being highly sexually active, hypersexual men were less satisfied with their sexual life.
  • More likely to have had problems in current adult romantic relationships, and have had an STD (sexually transmitted disease).
  • No difference based on sexual orientation.
  • Engaged in a variety of risk behaviors, including smoking tobacco, heavy drinking, using illegal drugs, and gambling.
  • Reported relatively less satisfaction with physical health, psychological health, and with life in general.

Do you know anyone who exhibits these characteristics? Have they expressed concern to you, or sought treatment for this condition?

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Cool, I looked into this before but focused more on sexual addiction I think. From what I read before, this is being considered for the DSM 5. I think it would describe a lot of what's going on now and address people who don't necessarily have "sex addiction" but are not enjoying their high sex drives and are suffering from consequences of that (multiple sex partners, unhappiness, relationship issues, etc). Also, the current DSM doesn't even acknowledge sex addiction as a separate disorder, and I think this is a broader way to do that. Someone with sex addiction probably falls under the category of hypersexuality anyway.

I also think this could definitely be linked to depression. I bet if you looked at the cases of women and even men who have "hypersexuality," most of them probably have depression. I can actually speak from experience.

November 10, 2010 - 5:49pm
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