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These are the major signs of sex addiction

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 July 2018, 16:57 IST

Sexual desire has usually been portrayed in popular culture as intense passion, being addicted to sex is far from romantic and can be a threat even to the most long-standing relationships.

People get addicted to sex and even Hollywood celebrities like Russell Brand, Kanye West, David Duchovny, Angelina Jolie and Paris Hilton have been known to struggle with sex addiction at some point in their lives.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has now officially declared that sex addiction as a mental health disorder. WHO states that a person must be suffering from this disorder for at least six months and also experience distress before being diagnosed.

To know more about this, you should really know what is sex addiction exactly?

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Sexual addiction or hypersexuality is a dysfunctional preoccupation with sexual fantasy, explains Dr. Fran Walfish, who is a child and family psychotherapist, reports The Medical Daily.

The act often involves the obsessive pursuit of casual or non-intimate sex, pornography, compulsive masturbation, and objectified partner sex for a period of at least six months.

With people becoming more open about pornography and one-night stands, it can be difficult to ascertain whether you or perhaps your partner could be suffering from sex addiction.

Here are some signs that tells someone is a sex addict or is becoming one.

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People with this addiction occasionally watch porn or read up sex stories. A sex addict is a person who is obsessed with everything related to sex and would be frequently viewing X-rated websites and magazines more than 10 to 19 times a day.

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Lead a double life

Sex addicts tend to lead a double life and always lie about their sexual activities. Although not all cheaters have a sexual addiction most sex addicts end up cheating on their partners when their insatiable needs are not met or they just like to have fun.

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Being financially reckless

Sex addicts may not be able to satisfy their unreasonable demands for sex, so what they do is they start spending money on purchasing porn collection, watch them all the time, waste their time by imagining weird stuff and then go to strip clubs and even pay prostitutes. These kinds of stuff could even lead to losing their jobs and savings.

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Risking life behaviour

Those suffering from hypersexuality addiction may not really care about the potentially deadly consequences of their actions. For example, a sex addict may not consider the risk of contracting an STD when having unprotected sex with a prostitute. They just have to get it from wherever they can.

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First published: 10 July 2018, 16:57 IST