How does the brain of a sex addict work?

How does the brain of a sex addict work?

"The erotic instinct is part of human nature. It's the highest form of the mind. "

– Carl G. Jung –

A sex addict is capable of anything to satisfy his obsessionno matter what the consequences may be.

However, that does not mean that person is happy with his situation. On the contrary, she would like to rein in this obsession, but that is impossible for her.

His sexual behavior is compulsive, very obsessive, and therefore difficult to control. Being unable to control yourself is a bigger problem than having a stronger sexual desire than others.

The brain of a sex addict

The brain of a sex addict is very similar to that of a drug addict or alcohol addict. However, there is no similar chemical or physiological addiction.

The direction of his thoughts and behavior is directly related to an obsessive-compulsive disorder, which drives him to focus all his efforts on the pursuit of sexual stimulation.

The brain activity of a person dependent on sex
is the same as that of addicts to drugs.

Dr. Valerie Moon, a member of the team of researchers at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge, says that we can not clearly talk about addiction, even though the study conducted with 19 adult men revealed a greater brain activity in three specific regions of the brain, which are the same as in the case of drug and alcohol addiction.

We can talk about addicted to sex when this phenomenon affects the emotional system of the person, such as his ability to lead a lifestyle completely normal.

When that does not happen, the doubts are then about the biology of the brain. In a sex addict, the dominant neurotransmitter is dopamine, a hormone linked to the motivation and the retro-nourishment of the rewards.

Other recent studies have revealed that there are differences between the brain of an alcoholic and that of a person who consumes alcohol, without suffering from addiction.

The chemical processes, neurological functioning and brain structure are qualitatively and quantitatively different comparing the alcoholic and the occasional consumer.

Would the same thing happen between sex addicts and people having a healthy sex life, more or less active?

The addict seeks to satisfy his sexual appetite
by obligation, not by pleasure.

How do we know if our brain is dependent?

In ancient Greece, the pleasant psycho-sexual act (eros), carnal pleasure (aphrodisia) and friendly relations (agape) were differentiated.

However, hypersexuality is solely related to material sexual desirethat is, physical sex or simply aphrodisiac activity.

In spite of this, people who enjoy the most bodily experiences of their sexuality have no reason to hide.

We know that our brains are sex dependent and that we need outside help when all these criteria are met:

  • Your daily life is filled with thoughts, concerns and sexual fantasies that are impossible to forget. which cause irrepressible impulses. Sexual desire is excessive and lack of control is the central axis of addiction.
  • The sexual drive is uncontrollable. It can not be interrupted or prevented and can even have serious or even dangerous consequences (physical exhaustion).
  • The materialization of fantasy acts as reinforcement of the conduct. It is not for pleasure but for physiological necessity that the drive must be satiated, to make disappear the malaise due to the inability to control this addiction.
  • This repetition of conduct and hypersexuality behavior lasts for more than 6 consecutive months and is not simply due to an acute stress situation.
  • The negative effect ifIncreases with the evolution of addiction, reinforcing feelings of guilt or shame, destroying self-esteem and pushing for depression, self-rejection, and sentimental, family, and professional breakdowns.
Addiction to sex is only the safety valve of people who have not otherwise managed their existential challenges.

There is still a lot of research to do …

Rory Reid, a psychologist at UCLA, confirms that research will be long to establish a diagnosis, classification and treatment of hypersexuality.

He says that "the brains confirm a strong sexual desire in the brain regions that we thought but the study does not tell us if these people have a sex addiction” .

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