Sex Addiction

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What is Sex Addiction?

Sex addiction is a condition where a person has an unusually intense sex drive or an obsession with sexual thoughts, feelings or behaviors that negatively impact their health, job, relationships or other parts of their life.

Common symptoms reported by people with Sex Addiction

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with Sex Addiction

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Catapres TTS patch)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Insomnia (2) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Other
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Sex Addiction (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Insomnia (1) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Other
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Other
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(5 Hour Energy Drink)
Type
Nutrition/Diet
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Fatigue (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Anxious mood (1) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Other
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Depressed mood (1)

Data from patients with Sex Addiction, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Sex Addiction

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Catapres TTS patch)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Insomnia (2) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Sex Addiction (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Hospitalization
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Sex Addiction (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Insomnia (1) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(5 Hour Energy Drink)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Fatigue (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Ejaculation delayed Ejaculation difficult 3 more
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Anxious mood (1) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Mentally dull
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Depressed mood (1)

Data from patients with Sex Addiction, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Sex Addiction on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 4
20s 28
30s 27
40s 9
50s 11
60s 3
70+ 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

25% Female
75% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 21
20-29 years 10
30-39 years 2
40-49 years 5
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 17
Not Diagnosed 38

These charts show data from Sex Addiction patients who have completed their condition history
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