Some people might consider the idea of an overactive sex drive to be exciting. But compulsive sexual behavior or addiction can have serious consequences that go far beyond threatening sexual health, including difficulties at work and in relationships, problems with the law, and low self esteem. The exact causes of an overactive sex drive are not known, but research shows that there may be links between hypersexuality and other physical and mental health issues. Read on to learn what conditions could possibly lead to an overactive sex drive.
Persistent genital arousal disorder.
Women who have this condition constantly feel aroused sexually and cannot get rid of these intense feelings—not even having an orgasm helps. These feelings can last for days or weeks and treatment often involves a combination of hormonal therapy, antidepressants, behavioral therapy, and anesthetizing gels.
This is a rare neurobehavioral condition that stems from brain damage. The syndrome causes a group of unusual symptoms, including inappropriate sexual behavior, putting odd items in the mouth, and not expressing normal responses to fear and anger. Treatment involves therapy and medication, but there’s no cure.
This is a treatable mental illness that is marked by extremes in mood and energy, from the lows of depression to mania. Hypersexuality may be a symptom of a manic episode. Hypersexuality symptoms should be under control once the symptoms of the illness are treated effectively with medication and therapy.
It is very common for those with dementia to exhibit behaviors that are sexually inappropriate, according to a report in the journal Advances in Psychiatric Treatment. These behaviors include self-exposure, masturbation, propositioning others, and using obscenities. This acting out is more common in people with severe dementia. Some medications used to treat hypersexuality in people with dementia have shown mixed results. It’s important for caregivers to be educated about the disorder and realize it’s a symptom of an entire health problem.
A person with this condition has an overactive sex drive and an obsession with sex. It might start out as an addiction to pornography, masturbation, or a relationship, only to progress to more dangerous behaviors such as public sex and prostitution.
Problems with sexual health may be more common than people want to admit. If you think that you have a sexual health issue, it’s worth finding the strength to seek treatment from a medical professional.