World Health Organisation classifies compulsive sexual behaviour as a mental disorder

World Health Organisation classifies compulsive sexual behaviour as a mental disorder

The WHO defines compulsive sexual behavior disorder as the inability to control any intense or overwhelming sexual urges.

The World Health Organization has revised its International Classification of Diseases list, to state that compulsive sexual disorder is now a mental health disorder. The International Classification of Diseases (which is also called the ICD-11) was updated this June, as reported by Global News

What does it mean?

The WHO defines compulsive sexual behavior disorder as the inability to control any intense or overwhelming sexual urges. They often don't experience pleasure from being intimate. Rather, they only focus on having their sexual urges met. It is not characterized by the number of sexual partners or the amount of sex a person has. It only factors in sexual urge. 

The WHO defines compulsive sexual behavior disorder as the inability to control any intense or overwhelming sexual urges (Pixabay)
The WHO defines compulsive sexual behavior disorder as the inability to control any intense or overwhelming sexual urges (Pixabay)

Compulsive sexual behavior can cause a significant amount of distress to an individual. It can affect the person's family, social standing, education, occupation, amongst many other things. When left unchecked, the behavior tends to escalate. 

What are the symptoms?

1. Sexual activity becomes the main focus of the person's personal life. They start neglecting their health, hygiene, lose interest in personal care, as well as other activities. They don't have a sense of responsibility, and often, they end up forgoing them. 

Sexual activity becomes the main focus of the person's personal life (Pixabay)
Sexual activity becomes the main focus of the person's personal life (Pixabay)

2. Despite expressing stark sexual behavior, people with compulsive sexual disorder actively seek out help for their condition. They have made previous attempts to control their sexual behavior or significantly reduce it. But the efforts are usually unsuccessful. 

People with compulsive sexual disorder actively seek out help for their condition (Pixabay)
People with compulsive sexual disorder actively seek out help for their condition (Pixabay)

3. Even though there are many obvious negative consequences to their behavior, people with compulsive sexual disorder continue to engage in repetitive sexual behaviors. They over-indulge in sexual behaviors despite the obvious consequences.  

They over-indulge in sexual behaviors despite the obvious consequences (Pixabay)
They over-indulge in sexual behaviors despite the obvious consequences (Pixabay)

4. People who often suffer from compulsive sexual disorder often use sex as a means to escape other problems that they might be facing. They use their sexual behavior as a tool to escape underlying feelings of loneliness, stress, anxiety or even depression.

They use their sexual behavior as a tool to escape underlying feelings of loneliness, stress, anxiety or even depression (Pixabay)
They use their sexual behavior as a tool to escape underlying feelings of loneliness, stress, anxiety or even depression (Pixabay)

5. When a person is suffering from compulsive sexual behavior, they are driven to act out certain sexual behaviors. Most of the time, this urge cannot be restrained. When they act their fantasy out, they feel a release of tension. But this is often met with guilt or remorse. 

They are driven to act out certain sexual behaviors (Pixabay)
They are driven to act out certain sexual behaviors (Pixabay)

6. People with compulsive sexual behavior often find themselves lost in a fantasy world. Often, these sexual fantasies take up a lot of their time. Compulsive sexual behavior also makes the sufferer feel like their sexual thoughts and urges are beyond their own control. 

 People with compulsive sexual behavior often find themselves lost in a fantasy world (Pexels)
 People with compulsive sexual behavior often find themselves lost in a fantasy world (Pexels)

Is it the same as sexual addiction?

The WHO has stated that it is an 'impulse control disorder' (Pixabay)
The WHO has stated that it is an 'impulse control disorder' (Pixabay)

Though many may argue that compulsive sexual behavior falls under the category of an addiction, the WHO has stated that it is an 'impulse control disorder'. The inability to resist the sexual behavior, the urge to satisfy them, and acting out the behavior on an impulse makes it an impulse control disorder.

How do you deal with the compulsive sexual disorder? 

The main aim of treating this disorder is to manage the urge and reducing excessive behaviors. Here are a few ways to go about it:

1. Psychotherapy

 If you feel like you are suffering from compulsive sexual disorder then please reach out to a trained professional (Pixabay)
 If you feel like you are suffering from compulsive sexual disorder then please reach out to a trained professional (Pixabay)

Reaching out to a psychotherapist is one way to manage this disorder. An expert will guide the patient through various types and techniques of psychotherapy while focusing on the root problem. These therapy sessions help people identify unhealthy behavior. If you feel like you are suffering from compulsive sexual disorder then please reach out to a trained professional. 

2. Medication

Another way of managing an impulsive behavior such as compulsive sexual behavior is through medication (Pixabay)
Another way of managing an impulsive behavior such as compulsive sexual behavior is through medication (Pixabay)

Another way of managing an impulsive behavior such as compulsive sexual behavior is through medication. Some experts believe that antidepressants quell sexual urges. Before diagnosing yourself please speak to a certified doctor about it. Do not self-medicate as it could be a danger to your life.

3. Self-help groups

A lot of self-help groups model their plan after the Alcoholics Anonymous's 12-step program (Pixabay)
A lot of self-help groups model their plan after the Alcoholics Anonymous's 12-step program (Pixabay)

A healthy support system is often the best way of dealing with any kind of mental disorder. A lot of self-help groups model their plan after the Alcoholics Anonymous's 12-step program. These groups can help you learn about your disorder, give you the right kind of support, and identify coping methods. But the best approach is to approach a certified doctor who can properly diagnose as well as treat you.

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