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"Mysterious Disorder Turns Woman Into Sleeping Sex Addict"

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From 2009, here's an inappropriate use of the term "sex addict", distorting the concept of loss of conscious control.  


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Sex, Lies & Obsession (TV 2001)

Sex, Lies & Obsession (TV 2001) | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it
A high-school drama teacher struggles to keep her family together after she discovers her husband's sexual addiction.


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Internet sex 'addict' sues IBM for $5m • The Register

Internet sex 'addict' sues IBM for $5m • The Register | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

From 2007, here's a story of an IBM employee who was fired for engaging in sex chat at work who claimed war trauma turned him into a "a sex addict, and with the development of the internet, an internet addict". Accordingly, he cited protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). IBM defended its actions along several lines, including noting that "sexual behaviour disorders are specifically excluded from the ADA"

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Polyamory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Polyamory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

Polyamory, often abbreviated as poly, is often described as consensual, ethical, or responsible non-monogamy. The word is sometimes used in a broader sense to refer to sexual or romantic relationships that are not sexually exclusive, though there is disagreement on how broadly it applies; an emphasis on ethics, honesty, and transparency all around is widely regarded as the crucial defining characteristic.

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(Curator's note: This item is being placed on this site as an entry in the "Normative Assumptions" category, which will be explained in that category's  "Curator Commentary" entry.)

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A Trio of Turmoil for Internet Sexually Addicted Men Who Have Sex with Men: Boredom Proneness, Social Connectedness, and Dissociation

This article explores the impact of boredom proneness, social connectedness, and online dissociation in Internet sexually addicted men who have sex with men (MSM). Increased levels of boredom, diminished social connections, and dissociative symptoms while engaged in excessive online sexual activities are conceptualized as components that facilitate and maintain Internet sexual addiction. An overview of the literature pertaining to extreme online sexual behavior among MSM is presented and the constructs of boredom proneness, social connectedness, and dissociation are delineated. Assessment strategies for helping professionals who work with sexually addicted MSM are discussed. Implications for future research are presented.


Authors: Michael P. Chaney and Catherine Y. Chang


Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: Vol. 12, No.1, pages 3 -18 (2005).


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Abstract: Problems of Self-Concept in a Patient Sample of Hypersexuality With Attention-Deficit Disorder

This 2011 article from the Journal of Addiction Medicine examines which facets of ADHD symptoms are most strongly associated with hypersexual behavior among a patient sample of men.


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Affective Neuroscience and the Treatment of Sexual Addiction

Affective Neuroscience and the Treatment of Sexual Addiction | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it
Affective neuroscience illuminates the neuropsychobiological impact of traumatic early childhood attachment patterns on the affective, cognitive, and behavioral development of sexual addicts and their partners. It also guides therapists to access patients' blunted right hemisphere through awareness of their bodily states and, thereby, to remediate patients' hobbled capacities for establishing genuine relationships, achieving insight, and regulating emotions independently. By enriching the current cognitive-behavioral, task-oriented treatment with attention to the neurobiological causes, and costs, of sexual addiction, we create a recovery protocol that helps patients progress beyond sexual sobriety to achieve previously unattainable interpersonal connection, self-reflection, and internally regulated affective states.


Author: Alex Katehakis


(2009).  Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: Vol. 16, No. 1, pages 1-31.


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Curator's note: While the abstract does not relate specifically to research protocols, the topic best warrants inclusion in the category of Research: Neurobiology

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Silvio Berlusconi ‘should attend sex addiction clinic’ | The Week UK

Silvio Berlusconi ‘should attend sex addiction clinic’  | The Week UK | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

From 2009:

The Italian Prime inister's inner circle hopes that his wife will take him back if he agrees to undergo treatment "at one of those clinics specialising in curing sex dependence".

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How Are Female Sex Addicts Different From Males?

Historically speaking, women have always been overlooked or underrepresented in addiction studies, and this article by Los Angeles therapist Sharan O'Hara attempts to redress this imbalance.

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But I'm a woman...I can't be a sex addict! Can I? - Dr. Tammy Nelson

Very brief blog post by noted sex therapist.

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The History of Meetings for Teen Sex Addicts in Houston

The History of Meetings for Teen Sex Addicts in Houston | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it
While Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA) is open to women and men of any sexual orientation, race, occupation, marital status or age, the reality of providing safe meetings for teens presents deep challenges. The following article gives a brief history of how the Houston SAA Teen Meeting Intergroup proposed to address these challenges locally and to offer a model for the establishment of teen meetings within the SAA fellowship.



Author: "Carol Ann R".


(2009).  Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: Vol. 16, No. 2, pages 168-171.


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The Effectiveness of Brief Multimodal Experiential Therapy in the Treatment of Sexual Addiction

The Effectiveness of Brief Multimodal Experiential Therapy in the Treatment of Sexual Addiction | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

The authors assessed treatment outcomes in 38 self-identified sex addicts who participated in a brief residential, multimodal experiential group therapy treatment program. Significant reductions in overall psychological distress, depression, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, and preoccupation with sex and sexual stimuli were reported by participants immediately following treatment and were stable at 6-month follow-up. Significant reductions in anxiety, intrapsychic conflict regarding sexual desire, and shame felt as a result of acting out on sexual desires were reported by participants from posttreatment to 6-month follow-up. The clinical implications of the present study, limitations of the study, and directions for further research in this area are discussed.


Authors: Bradley T. Klontz, Sheila Garos and Paul T. Klontz

Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: Vol. 12, No. 4, pages 275-294 (2005).


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Sex Addicts Anonymous

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"The homepage of Sex Addicts Anonymous, a 12-step organization helping men and women share their experience, strength and hope with each other so they may overcome their sexual addiction and recover from sexual addiction."

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Sexual addictions [American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. 2010]

A bibliographic review concludes that "the phenomenology of excessive nonparaphilic sexual disorder favors its conceptualization as an addictive behavior, rather than an obsessive-compulsive, or an impulse control disorder......(but) controlled studies are warranted in order to establish clear guidelines for treatment of sexual addiction."


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Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2010 Sep;36(5):254-60.

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Ritualization and Reinforcement: Keys to Understanding Mixed Addiction Involving Sex and Drugs

This paper describes the nature of ritualization and how rituals reinforce maintenance of an addictive cycle that include both sex and drugs. We describe the ways this process is played out in three scenarios: (1) Addicts who isolate as the paramount feature of a particular ritualized pattern of sex and drugs; (2) women who try to manage childhood trauma and domestic violence through addictive rituals; and (3) gay addicts who use ongoing multiple partners as a ritual to maintain intensity. We also present suggestions for clinicians working with these three populations.


Authors: Jennifer Schneider, John Sealy, Richard Irons

Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: Vol. 12, No. 2-3, pages 121-148 (2005).


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Understanding and Managing Compulsive Sexual Behaviors

"This article will review the clinical features of compulsive sexual behavior and will summarize the current evidence for psychological and pharmacological treatment."


Note: Abstact only.  2006

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UNDERSTANDING THE FEMALE CONCEPTUALIZATION OF SEXUAL ADDICTION AND THE ROLE OF ADDICTION TREATMENT

This research project proposes to examine the cultural pathways and systemic foundations which have historically in the West problematized female sexuality by investigating women's own perceptions of sexual addiction and their experiences in seeking (or not) addiction treatment. In addition, this research project proposes to investigate the perceptions of therapists (psychologists and psychiatrists) who treat hypersexual female patients, in order to examine their beliefs about the cultural and biological genesis of the disorder, and its appearance in female patients. Theoretically, this project aims to move away from the concept of individualized bodies suffering singularly from (dis)ease and "abnormality", and investigate the ways in which Western cultural notions of "normal" female sexuality shape women‘s self-perceptions and notions about sexual "deviance".


Author: Megan Ashley Douglass

B.A. University of Michigan 2003

(A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Anthropology in the College of Sciences at the University of Central Florida)


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Bipolar Disorder and Hypersexuality | bphope

Hypersexuality is one of bipolar disorder's most troubling but seldom talked about symptoms.


This article from 2009 addresses therelationship between hypersexuality and bipolar disorder.

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Hypersexuality and Neurological Disease | Serendip's Exchange

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Brun Mawr college student's paper.  Note the reader comments that follow the article.

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Characteristics and Behaviors of Sexual Compulsives Who Use the Internet for Sexual Purposes

This study aimed to investigate the characteristics of those who engage in online sexual activities and who are sexually compulsive according to the Kalichman sexual compulsivity scale. It also aimed to investigate if online sexual activities had changed the sexually compulsive respondents’ offline sexual behaviors. Data were collected in 2002 through an online questionnaire in Swedish.


Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, 13:53–67, 2006


This article is accessible online at the website of the Hawai'i AIDS Education and Training Center and AIDS Education Project.

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Using Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples to Resolve Attachment Ruptures Created by Hypersexual Behavior

This article describes the process of using Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples as an intervention to facilitate the process of repairing the attachment ruptures caused by hypersexual behavior.


Authors: Rory C. Reid & Scott R. WoolleyUsing  Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: Vol. 13, No. 2-3, pages 219-239 (2006).


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Sex addiction and sex offending: a growing and dangerous relationship | Psychology Today

Sex addiction and sex offending: a growing and dangerous relationship | Psychology Today | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

Sex addiction and sex offending......are increasingly entwined in a growing and dangerous relationship. And yet the fields of sex offender treatment and sex addiction treatment remain fairly isolated from one another. Many sex addicts who get caught up in illegal activities and prosecuted end up in sex offender treatment with their addiction untreated. And many sex offenders who have not yet been caught end up in sex addiction treatment with a provider who has little or no training regarding work with sex offenders.


April 6, 2011, Samantha Smithstein, Psy.D.

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Living & Loving A Sex Addict: Curbing Her Infidelity

Living & Loving A Sex Addict: Curbing Her Infidelity | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

"I had to know the person a bit before I had sex with him. Maybe women with this compulsion are different from men in that way. I got to know someone first---flirted with him, spoke with him, then I would have sex with him." She continues, "I believe Tiger when he says he really loves his wife, Elin. I get it when he has this expression or tone of voice that the sex with so many women has nothing to do with his love for his wife. It really is a compartmentalized act."


By Cathy Cermol, March 26. 2010, Essence.com ("ESSENCE is Where Black Women Come First for news, entertainment and motivation.")

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Curator comment: the formatting of this article lacks paragraphs, making it difficult to read; included partly becaue it features both female sex addiction and an African-American perspective.

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The Roles of Shame and Guilt in Hypersexual Behavior

The Roles of Shame and Guilt in Hypersexual Behavior | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

"(R)esults suggest that shame and guilt have contrasting, complementary relationships related to the maintenance of hypersexual behavior and the motivation to change unwanted practices."


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Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: Vol. 18, No. 1, pasges 12 - 20.  (2011)

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The Impact of Compulsive Sexual Behaviors on Clergy Marriages: Perspectives and Concerns of the Pastor’s Wife

For those women married to a pastor who is involved in sexual acting out in a compulsive manner, issues of isolation, support, and confidentiality are very real. Disclosure within the faith community strikes at the very core of their identity and the cost they may personally experience for their husband’s choices is great.......


Sue King.

Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: Vol. 10, No. 2-3, pages 193-199 (2003).

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