Sexual addiction (or “sexual dependency”) is a valid psychological disorder.
Like any addiction, sexual dependency is a compulsive behavior that dominates one’s life and is engaged in despite clear harm or distress to the addict or those around him. Sexual addicts make sex a higher priority than family, friends, and work.
They are willing to sacrifice what they cherish most in order to preserve and continue their unhealthy behavior.
No single behavior pattern defines sexual addiction—and it has not yet been given a formal diagnostic name in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), the “bible” of diagnosis used by psychiatrists.
But generally speaking, the behaviors that may be engaged in by a “sex addict” include: compulsive masturbation, compulsive heterosexual and homosexual relationships, pornography, prostitution, exhibitionism, voyeurism, indecent phone calls, child molesting, incest or rape.
If you think you’re having problems controlling your sexual urges, seek help as soon as possible. Start with your physician, if you have one—he or she will be able to refer you to a mental health professional in your area.
You could also visit the American Psychological Association’s website, which offers a way to find qualified mental health providers throughout the United States.