An addiction is a compulsive behavior that affects the mental and physical health of a person. Sex addiction refers to the range of behavior or sexual activities that are done in excess that significantly impact one’s life in a negative way. The diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental disorders (DSM-5) does not list sex addiction as a diagnosable condition yet, but researches prove that sex addiction can cause some serious damages to your physical and mental health.
There are few types of sex addiction like porn addiction, masturbating/fantasy addiction, sadistic sexual behavior, other excessive sexual pursuits. A person with sex addiction may come under any of the above-mentioned categories. People who experience these addictive sexual behaviors have an abnormally high libido and are obsessed with everything related to sex or sexual experiences.
So now we know what comes under sex addiction, but does it really affects us like any other addiction. Yes! Studies have proven that sex addiction can seriously affect a person physiologically and psychologically. So if you sense an erratic sexual behavior in yourself then take up this quiz to know whether you are a sex addict or not. This may not be a diagnostic tool, but it helps you decide on some level of addiction you are into. There are also other scales like the Sex Addiction Screening Test(SAST) which also serves the same purpose to diagnose sex addiction.
Though sex addiction and porn addiction seem to be the same, they are different. But porn addiction is also a type of sex addiction. Porn addiction is completely related to the addictive behavior of watching porn videos. It is considered just as one disorder under the main category of sex addiction.
There may be various reasons behind the cause for sex addiction in an individual, like Biological - Your hormones work that way, Psychological - various mental disorders can cause sex addiction or Social - many cases of sex addiction are exposed to child abuse by a close family or friend in the early stage.