Sexual addiction comes in many different forms. The range of behaviors can include masturbation, pornography, prostitution, and/or sexual exploitation of others. Dr. Frank Lawlis, the chair of the Dr. Phil advisory board, suggests you ask yourself the following questions to gauge if you have a sexual addiction:
Quiz: Are You a Sex Addict?
- Do your thoughts about sex interfere with your family relationships? Do they cause disruption in communication? Do you hide them?
- Do thoughts of sex interfere with your social life? Do they cause issues in how you relate to friends?
- Do thoughts or images of sex cause disruptions in your work life, such as distractions, loss of concentration, or even supervisory or peer relations (often related to sexual harassment)?
- Do you hide or lie about your activities relating to sex (porn, prostitution, promiscuity, etc)?
If you answered "Yes" to any of the above questions, it may denote a sexual addiction.
The results of this quiz cannot substitute for a full evaluation by a healthcare professional, and should only be used as a guide to understanding sexual addiction and its potential health issues.