Does My Child Have a Sex Addiction?

Sex addiction is a widely underestimated issue and of growing concern worldwide. Many therapists acknowledge long term physical and psychological damage are at risk, particularly since the brain is still in development until the age of 25. Young sex addicts also develop a distorted view on relationships and intimacy. The act of sex is not always the underlying factor of the addiction. Sex can be regarded as a thrill, a way out of bullying or even a way to try and generate some sense of belonging. For example, young people may use their bodies as a quick fix to compensate for a low self-esteem. When viewing pornography, the brain releases large amounts dopamine, the same chemical that drives reward-seeking behaviour in substance addictions.

 Do you think your child might be addicted to sex or pornography? Do you believe he/she displays abnormal sexual behaviour? Get to know the symptoms first: depression, aggression, avoiding direct contact with loved ones (shame), lying, tiredness, etc.

Sexual Addictions May Include:

  • Pornography
  • Prostitution
  • Sadistic or masochistic behaviour
  • Indecent exposure
  • Excessive masturbation or fantasy
  • Exhibition/voyeurism
  • Other compulsive sexual pursuits

Do you recognise one or more of these signs? Request an intake interview today.

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Yes We Can Youth Clinics can effectively treat teens & young adults struggling with a sex addiction or abnormal sexual behaviour.

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