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What is nymphomania?

What is nymphomania?

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  • 1 What do we mean by nymphomania
  • 2 Compulsion to sex
  • 3 Origin and causes of nymphomania
  • 4 Fundamentals of compulsive sexual behavior
  • 5 Causes of nymphomania
  • 6 Signs and symptoms
  • 7 Nymphomania treatment

What do we mean by nymphomania

Nymphomania is a term used to describe a specific unofficial mental disorder of women, which includes compulsive sexual behavior, hypersexuality and sex addiction in women The specific term of men for the same condition is satiriasis (Exaggerated sexual desire in a man, where symptoms are a compulsion to have sex with as many women as possible and an inability to have lasting relationships with them).

Using the term "nymphomaniac" has a negative connotation historically linked to attempts to control female sexual desire and the role of women in society. In modern times, people still sometimes use this term to describe the more or less uncontrolled impulses of women towards sex.

Compulsion to sex

This disorder is characterized by a compulsive sexual behavior. Compulsions are unwanted actions or rituals, in which a person participates several times without getting pleasure from them or being able to control them. In the case of Nymphomania, compulsions refer to participation in risky behaviors How can be promiscuity. Whether or not nymphomania is a true mental illness, it is often debated in the medical community, but evidence suggests that compulsive sexual behavior is a real and serious illness.

Origin and causes of nymphomania

Nymphomania can appear at any age, although it is believed to begin during early adulthood and is more common in women and men homosexuals. In addition to sexual compulsive behavior, nymphomania can include thinking problems, repetitive unwanted thoughts (obsession), and feelings of guilt, shame or inadequacy.

The underlying cause of nymphomania is not known. Nymphomania is a mental and emotional condition, and, as in many other personality trends or dysfunctions, recognizing the motives is very complicated. For this reason, nymphomania can arise as a result of environmental events or be part of a hereditary or congenital tendency. It can also be related to a chemical imbalance in the brain.

Fundamentals of compulsive sexual behavior

The compulsive sexual behavior It appears when there are thoughts or feelings that interfere with the normal ability to maintain relationships, a more or less stable job and be physically or mentally balanced. For some people sexual behaviors represent the center of all their desires and concerns, almost completely forgetting all other activities. In some cases they even develop behaviors, actions or thoughts that violate social norms or laws. In general, a man or woman with compulsive sexual behavior only tries to pursue their sexual goals, regardless of the serious or potentially serious negative consequences that may alter their lives.

Even mental health professionals have a hard time separate healthy sexual behaviors from those that go too far endangering your health. For this reason, compulsive sexual behavior has not been officially defined as if it were a real disorder.

Causes of nymphomania

From what has been proven, both men and women often develop compulsive sexual behavior as a coping strategy for stress or severe anxiety, not as a response to a genuine continued sexual desire. Other factors involved that can potentially contribute to the onset of the disorder include: altered levels of brain chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin; altered levels of sex hormones in the body called androgens; and the presence of some medical illness such as Huntington's disease. In addition, some people develop the disease following certain treatments for Parkinson's disease. Eventually, chemical alterations in the brain associated with hypersexuality can lead to long-term changes in normal brain function. In turn, these changes can lead to a Clinic addiction that resembles other types of behavioral addictions, such as gambling or shopping addictions.

Signs and symptoms

The signs and symptoms of hypersexuality they include the presence of sexual impulses that cannot be controlled, participation in sexual activities that do not provide any real pleasure, and the difficulty in initiating or maintaining an emotional closeness with another person, whether or not they are in a stable relationship.

Other potential signs or symptoms include the use of sexual intercourse to avoid unpleasant emotional states and continued participation in sexual situations that expose you to sexually transmitted diseases, job loss, legal consequences or loss of long-term relationships. Illegal activities related to compulsive sexuality may include pedophilia, exhibitionism and voyeurism.

Nymphomania treatment

Treatments for both women and men with compulsive sexual behavior, include psychotherapy, participation in self-help groups and the use of certain medicines anxiolytics or antipsychotics, similar to medications used for other compulsive disorders. The most effective types of psychotherapy are usually the group therapy, family therapy, couple therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy (which emphasizes greater self-awareness) and the cognitive behavioral therapy (What it does is based on learning new behaviors in situations of stress).

Because compulsive sexual behavior is risky, people with nymphomania have a higher risk of developing sexually transmitted diseases of all kinds, so it is something to consider in treatment.