A checklist of common symptoms and behaviors. If you're suffering, consult a licensed professional. Written by Dr. Jan Weiner. Symptoms manifest differently for each sufferer. However, there tend to be common thoughts and behaviors that may indicate someone is suffering from Sexual Orientation OCD.
Compulsive sexual behavior is sometimes called hypersexuality, hypersexuality disorder or sexual addiction. It's an excessive preoccupation with sexual fantasies, urges or behaviors that is difficult to control, causes you distress, or negatively affects your health, job, relationships or other parts of your life. Compulsive sexual behavior may involve a variety of commonly enjoyable sexual experiences. Examples include masturbation, cybersex, multiple sexual partners, use of pornography or paying for sex. When these sexual behaviors become a major focus in your life, are difficult to control, and are disruptive or harmful to you or others, they may be considered compulsive sexual behavior.
Obsessive—compulsive disorder OCD is a mental disorder in which a person has certain thoughts repeatedly called "obsessions" or feels the need to perform certain routines repeatedly called "compulsions" to an extent which generates distress or impairs general functioning. The cause is unknown. Treatment involves psychotherapy , such as cognitive behavioral therapy CBT , and sometimes antidepressants , such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors SSRIs or clomipramine.
The image most widely associated with OCD, or obsessive-compulsive disorder, is the person who compulsively washes his hands or avoids touching others because he is afraid of germs. What is less well-known is the person who avoids touching others because he is worried it might be sexually inappropriate. But this can also be a symptom of OCD.