Hypersexual disorder can only be diagnosed in adults 18 years or older, according to the draft criteria. The symptoms of Hypersexual Disorder are: Over a period of at least six months, a person experiences recurrent and intense sexual fantasies, sexual urges, and sexual behavior in association with four or more of the following five criteria: Excessive time is consumed by sexual fantasies and urges, and by planning for and engaging in sexual behavior. Repetitively engaging in these sexual fantasies, urges, and behavior in response to dysphoric mood states e.
Signs and Symptoms of Sexual Addiction - Causes and Effects
Terminology[ edit ] The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines hypersexual as "exhibiting unusual or excessive concern with or indulgence in sexual activity". Terms to describe males with the condition include donjuanist,  satyromaniac,  satyriac  and satyriasist,  for women clitoromaniac,  nympho and nymphomaniac,  for teleiophilic heterosexual women andromaniac,  while hypersexualist, sexaholic,  onanist, hyperphiliac and erotomaniac  are gender neutral terms. Some research suggests that some cases can be linked to biochemical or physiological changes that accompany dementia. Persons suffering from injuries to this part of the brain are at increased risk for aggressive behavior and other behavioral problems including personality changes and socially inappropriate sexual behavior such as hypersexuality. Other associated factors include psychological components which affect mood and motivation as well as psychomotoric and cognitive functions  , spiritual control, mood disorders, sexual trauma, and intimacy anorexia as causes or type of sex addiction. Some people with borderline personality disorder sometimes referred to as BPD can be markedly impulsive, seductive, and extremely sexual.
Female hypoactive sexual desire disorder: The essential feature of female HSDD is a deficiency or absence of sexual fantasies and desire for sexual activity that causes marked distress or interpersonal difficulty. The evaluation of female HSDD generally requires careful and thoughtful consideration of the patient and the multitude of factors that impact on the various components of adult female sexual desire.
Whereas Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder is characterized by a lack of interest in sex, Sexual Aversion Disorder includes fear, anxiety, or disgust at the mere prospect of a sexual encounter. This may be general and include all activities i. Less is known about the causes of sexual aversion disorder although it does appear to be related to negative attitudes regarding sexuality, or having had a traumatic sexual experience. Psychotherapy can be quite helpful in the treatment of sexual aversion disorder. Sexual Addiction A logical question that comes to mind when we are discussing low sexual desire is its' opposite: