At the height of my addiction I masturbated about 30 times and had sex at least 10 times a day. I felt empty afterwards, which was what made me want to do it again and again. Skip navigation! Story from Wellness.
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Call 1. Unfortunately, there is not yet a formalized process for identifying, diagnosing, and treating women who struggle with sexual addiction. Furthermore, there is precious little research on women who sexually act out. This deficiency is in part related to many addiction and mental health professionals failing to recognize the subtleties of addictive and impulsive behavior patterns in women. Nevertheless, female addicts do act out sexually, usually with the same frequency and many of the same consequences as male sex addicts. Sexual addiction treatment specialists report that approximately 10 to 15 percent of people currently seeking assistance are women. Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing how many female sex addicts have sought treatment but not been properly diagnosed.
Perhaps this will help women recognize which excessive behaviors can be signs of an actual addiction. Women always have been overlooked or underrepresented in studies of alcohol, drug, gambling or sex addiction. It has been 73 years since the founding of AA and 60 or so years since the American Medical Association recognized alcoholism as a disease. Yet it was not until the late s that significant findings regarding very powerful gender differences in the development of alcoholism surfaced in research studies for other diseases, such as heart disease or AIDS. Patrick Carnes discovered that, in general, male sex addicts tend to objectify their partners.
Subscriber Account active since. Having a string of partners and watching hours of porn isn't necessarily the way to achieve sexual liberation. While many people are empowered by owning their own sexuality in this way, for some, it can mean the exact opposite.