Sexual Behavior Feels AND is Out of Control Creating Problems In Your Life.
SEX ADDICTION: Craving Pleasure and Relief in the Present, Negative Outcomes in the Future, Inability to Quit…
Sex addiction has attracted star celebrity status literally and figuratively in today’s modern era. From the guy on the street to the medical professional, everyone has an opinion that is simultaneously propagated and pulsated by the mass media. Call it sex addiction, sexual compulsion or get down and dirty bad behavior, our politicians, sports stars, and Hollywood celebrities are the popular representatives of such blatant public arousing interest.
In American society where sex, like alcohol, is socially acceptable and encouraged, and sexual images proliferate, it becomes more challenging to distinguish between normal sexuality and excessive, or abnormal sexual behavior. Individuals are often confused about what exactly commitment means in a relationship as they enter chat rooms, view pornography, masturbate, interact with ‘friends with benefits,’ on Facebook, request sexual favors from a human on a webcam, frequent massage parlors for ‘happy endings,’ scope out possibilities for sex on the internet, chronically behave flirtatiously, and interact with virtual reality sex robots.
“Sexual variety as the spice of life,” is embedded in the evolution of humankind. Emphatically, no form of sexual behavior in itself constitutes sex addiction. However, when sexual thoughts and behaviors interfere with personal, social and/or professional functioning, addiction is probable. The principal elements of sex addiction are the lack of ability one has in controlling the behavior and the harmful consequences of the sex behavior which continues despite negative outcome.
Sexual addiction is a syndrome in which some form of sex behavior relates to and negatively affects an individual’s life cognitively and behaviorally. Controversy exists among professionals as to whether the syndrome should be considered sexual addiction, sexual compulsion, hypersexual or possibly a symptom of another mental disorder. Whatever the name, the problem is the same, which includes behavior that is out of control and negatively affecting various aspects of an individual’s life!
The symptoms of sexual compulsivity, or if you prefer sexual addiction, may range from, ‘rub and tug’ at your favorite massage parlor, actively searching with your mobile device for ‘escort services’ in your neighborhood, searching for the Virtual Reality games that promote enjoyable and pleasing artificial liaisons, conjugating with a new hook-up at your favorite craft beer establishment, to surfing the net and masturbating to the today’s hottest porn.
Dr. Silbert works with an individual to stop the self-abusive behavior by unraveling the psychodynamics of destructive thinking. The establishment of a therapeutic relationship with Dr. Silbert assists in modulation of mood states and comprehension of aberrant thought processes promoting dysfunctional sexual behavior.
Therapy focuses on understanding the origin and nature of psychological distress to enhance the resolution of the conflict between self and others.
The primary goal of treatment is to enable an individual to understand the power one has to modify a negative sense of self, while promoting functional patterns of sexual behaviors.
Conquer self defeating sexual acts and thoughts in treatment with Dr. Silbert by learning how to replace destructive behaviors, negative thinking and painful emotions, hence supporting adaptive sexual functioning.