Compulsive sexual behavior is sometimes called hypersexuality, hypersexual disorder, nymphomania or sexual addiction. It's an obsession with sexual thoughts, urges or behaviors that may cause you distress or that negatively affects your health, job, relationships or other parts of your life. Compulsive sexual behavior may involve a commonly enjoyable sexual experience (for example, self-stimulation) that becomes an obsession and becomes disruptive or harmful to you or others. Other compulsive sexual behaviors are outside the bounds of commonly accepted conduct (for example, paying for sex or having extramarital affairs) and cause distress. And these behaviors could have negative consequences. No matter what it's called or the exact nature of the behavior, untreated compulsive sexual behavior can damage your self-esteem, relationships, career and other people. But with treatment and self-help, you can manage compulsive sexual behavior and learn to manage your urges.
Disease Statistics in Hong Kong:
Compulsivity is defined as "an insistent, repetitive, intrusive, and unwanted urge to perform specific acts often in ritualized or routinized fashions." Sexual compulsivity has been shown to be associated with some high risk sexual behaviors related to HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI). In some Western countries, the 10-item Sexual Compulsivity Scale (SCS) has been developed to assess people's sexual compulsivity but no Chinese version has been validated. This study validated the Chinese version of the SCS and investigated its associations with specific sexual behaviors. In 2008, a random telephone survey was conducted in the sexually active male general population in Hong Kong, interviewing 1,048 participants. The Chinese version of the SCS was found to be internally consistent (Cronbach's α = 0.88 for the overall scale), with a mean total score of 20.7 (SD = 4.7). An exploratory factor analysis procedure extracted two factors that were named Controllability and Functional Consequences. Higher SCS scores were associated with multiple female sexual partnerships in the last 6 months, having had sex with either non-regular partner(s) or female sex worker(s) in the last 6 months, having contracted STI in the last 6 months, and inconsistent condom use with either non-regular partner(s) or female sex worker(s) in the last 6 months. The scale can be used to assess sexual compulsivity among sexually active Chinese men in Hong Kong. It can potentially be used in other Chinese communities.
Disease Treatment :
Individual counseling – Much like the process at an addiction treatment center, during counseling, the individual is given a chance to speak privately and honestly about their compulsive behavior. Through these conversations, the individual will come to understand the root causes of the sexual addiction and how to avoid these triggers moving forward. Group counseling – Many addiction recovery programs feature group counseling sessions that allow the individual to listen to the stories of other sex addicts, and share their own experience. These group sessions can lead to amazing breakthroughs for the individual, many of whom felt isolated because of their compulsive behavior. Planning – Sexual addiction counselors will help the individual learn how to make better decisions and craft a plan for the rest of their lives. Counselors are experts in helping individual prepare for almost any situation the “outside world” might throw at them. After-care – Finally, sexual addiction treatment helps individuals stay the course, and continue to implement the things that they learned during treatment. Follow up counseling and information about 12-step programs are just two of the ways treatment center help insure the long-term health of their patients.