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Can Sex Addiction Be Deadly?

Learn if sex addiction can be deadly from Dr. Paul Hokemeyer in this Howcast video.


One of the most important things to remember about any addiction is its self-destructive nature. People who suffer from a sexual addiction are self-destructive. That means that they're putting themselves in harm's way. They are acting on their impulses and their impulses are controlling their decisions, so that means they are making decisions that are not healthy for them.

They could be picking sexual partners who are dangerous. They could be exposing themselves to diseases, and they could be taking chances in their lives, that place themselves in harm's way. So every addiction is chronic, meaning that it's persistent. It doesn't just go away. It's progressive. It gets worse over time and if not treated, it is fatal.

So we also know that sex addiction is a manifestation of an underlying condition. So typically, a person will suffer from either anxiety or depression. Anxiety and depression and depression in particular can be fatal if not treated. So people who suffer from sexual addiction, need to take a look at the underlying condition with its depression. If it's anxiety, that's what needs to be treated, in order to get a handle on the sexual compulsivity.

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