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Sexual Mania

Sexual Mania is also known as Hypersexuality, Nymphomania (Sexual Mania in females) and Satyriasis (Sexual Mania in males).

Sexual Mania is the state characterized by excessive sexual behavior. Following things underline the state:

  • Excessive sexual desire and drive
  • Sexual indiscretion
  • Sexual dependency
  • Sexual impulsiveness
  • Sexual compulsiveness
  • Sexual addiction

Causes:

  • Damage in Central Nervous System
  • Hyperactivity of brain’s sex center
  • Part of other medical or psychiatric disorder
  • Excessive sexual hormones
  • Psychological learning

Diagnosis

  • Recurrent and intense sexual desires
  • Excessive sexual urges or sexual behaviors
  • Excess time consumed with sexual fantasies
  • Sex conflicts with other important goals
  • Unsuccessful attempts to control such behavior
  • Repetitively engaging in indiscrete sexual behaviors with disregard for physical or emotional harm to self or others.

Other similar conditions:

Persistent genital arousal disorder

Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD), also called Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome (PSAS) and Restless Genital Syndrome (ReGS or RGS), results in a spontaneous, persistent, and uncontrollable genital arousal with or without orgasm unrelated to any sexual desire. It may lead to frustration and even depression.The exact cause is unknown.

Sexual obsessionsor Sexual OCD

Obsession with sex like OCD is involuntary, repetitive, and unwelcome. Attempts to suppress do not help on the contrary aggravates. There are obsessive thoughts about sexual violence, religious questions, and sexual experiences. Sexual obsessive thoughts may relate to self or partner. It may result from previous learning and experience, sexual abuse or deep psychosexual concerns. It may cause anxiety, guilt and avoidance behavior.

Erotophilia

It refers to a personality trait which assesses an individual’s disposition to respond to sexual cues. The response may be positive called erotophilia or negative called erotophobia. People with this trait engage in repeated acts related to genitals.

Treatment of sexual addiction

It focuses on controlling the addictive behavior and helping the person develop a healthy sexual life. It includes the following treatments:

  • Education about healthy sexuality
  • Individual counseling and psychotherapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Constitutional Homeopathy
  • Acupuncture , Acupressure and Reflexology
  • Marital and/or family therapy
  • Support groups like Sexoholic Anonymous SA and 12 step recovery programs for people with sexual mania
  • Medications used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder may be used to curb the compulsive nature of the sexual mania. These drugs could include Prozac and Anafranil.