Hypersexuality Self-Diagnosis: A Guided Quiz to Understand Your Sexual Urges

In the US, hypersexuality AKA Nymphomania is a lesser-discussed yet impactful condition, causing significant personal and emotional distress. It’s characterized by an excessive, uncontrollable sexual drive, often straining relationships and mental health. This article aims to shed light on this complex disorder, providing insights and a self-assessment tool for better understanding.

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What Does Hypersexuality (or Nymphomania) Mean?

According to the definition of the American Psychological Association, nymphomania/hypersexuality is defined as a pathological increase in sexual desire due to physical or psychological causes, manifesting in uncontrollable behaviors. Clinical literature describes it as uncontrollable sexual behavior, whether as a compulsive, impulsive, or addictive disorder. NB the term nymphomania is not used anymore. Instead, we talk more about a hypersexual personality disorder to describe excessive sexual behavior. Do not confuse it with sex addiction.

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Hypersexuality and Sex Addiction, What are the Differences?

Sex addiction is often seen as a behavioral addiction, characterized by a compulsive and recurrent need for sexual activities despite negative consequences. In contrast, hypersexuality disorder is more associated with excessive and uncontrollable sexual behaviors. In short, both have similarities but are addressed differently in psychology and psychiatry. The main difference lies in how these two states are conceptualized.

Sex addiction is often treated through the prism of behavioral addictions, using approaches similar to those used to treat other addictions like alcoholism or drug addiction. In contrast, hypersexual personality disorder is considered in a broader context of impulse control disorders.

How to Recognize Hypersexuality?

Among other things, fixation on sexual topics, inappropriate comments, or intrusive behavior can be signs of hypersexuality.

Short Test: How to Know if You Suffer from Hypersexuality (Nymphomania)?

You might have a hypersexual personality disorder if you answer affirmatively to most of the following questions.

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Do you feel the need to have sex immediately after the first encounter?

You might suffer from a hypersexual personality disorder if you feel the immediate need to resume sexual activity after having finished one. For some, wanting more means having sex six or seven times a day, while for others it might be just once or twice, it depends on the person. Impulsive behaviors related to sexuality could indicate a disorder.

Do you use sex to escape problems?

You might suffer from hypersexuality if you are accustomed to frequently using sex, or masturbation as a way of escape or to manage emotional problems. This could manifest, for example, in being angry and masturbating to relieve that anger. The constant search for sexual relations to mitigate negative emotions can be an indicator of this disorder.

Do you not feel pleasure during sex?

If the answer is yes, you might be suffering from hypersexuality. Although this depends on each individual. The lack of desire during sexual intercourse, but the immediate need for sexual satisfaction at other times, can be a sign of a hypersexual personality disorder. A dissociation between emotional desire and pure sexual desire during relations can be an aspect to explore.

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Does your sexual obsession affect your work?

Are you at work and can’t stop viewing pornographic material, or do you have the irresistible need to go to the bathroom to masturbate? These indicators could also be a sign of hypersexuality. Having several new partners per week or engaging in risky sexual activities can be a behavior associated with this disorder and could also be a reason to consult a sexual therapist, sexologist, or psychologist.

Do you have a compulsive need to view porn to masturbate?

If you continue to exhibit compulsive sexual behaviors despite personal suffering and negative consequences in relationships, this could indicate a disorder. The real problem could manifest when there is a compulsive need, a systematic need to resort to pornographic material in each masturbation session. Therefore, consuming such content several times a day is a serious indicator, especially if accompanied by suffering, discomfort, or feelings of shame.

NB. The previous questions are only indicative and do not replace in any way the opinion of a professional. The latter can offer you more complete tests, like the Sexual Addiction Test.

Hypersexuality Disorder is a serious condition

Due to the negative effects on the sufferer and their relationship, hypersexuality should be taken seriously and a professional should be consulted as soon as possible. It is crucial to emphasize that hypersexual personality disorder is a form of sex addiction. If these signs are recognized and cause significant distress, it is highly recommended to consult a professional for a thorough evaluation and tailored support.

Treating this disorder requires long-term accompaniment, as the effects can persist over time. Therefore, it is important to find strategies to face the challenges of this disorder. Regular consultation with a professional can help develop these strategies and ensure adequate support throughout the treatment process. Behavioral and cognitive therapy (CBT), participation in a self-help group, engaging in an activity like theater, or sometimes even taking medication can also help control these impulses.

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Final Thoughts

Addressing hypersexuality isn’t just crucial; it’s absolutely necessary. Overlooking it can exacerbate personal and emotional difficulties, causing harm to relationships and mental health. It’s vital to identify the signs early on and reach out to a professional for guidance. When left untreated, this condition can escalate, but with the right support, it can be managed and overcome. It’s important to remember that acknowledging the issue is the first step toward a healthier and more balanced life.

References

Walton, M. T., Cantor, J. M., Bhullar, N., & Lykins, A. D. (2017). Hypersexuality: A critical review and introduction to the “sexhavior cycle”. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46(8), 2231–2251. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-017-0991-8

Mayo Clinic. (n.d.). Compulsive sexual behavior – Symptoms and causes. Retrieved January 24, 2024, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/compulsive-sexual-behavior/symptoms-causes/syc-20360434

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