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CougarBite
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I am sorry for bringing this up again as I am sure I have seen this on here before. But I have been trying to research and its hard to find answers backed with research.

With behavioural addiction covering shopping, playing computer games, even clicking of knuckles. I dont fully understand why it can not also cover orgasms? (hope i spelt that right)

Its hard to say sex addiction is possible as for me personally sex cover a range of emotions including those under the blanket of consent. But I can not understand why it would be impossible to be addicted to nearly everything else which causes some sort of pleasure but not an orgasm?

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The thing is, those things you are listing are usually classed as compulsions, in psychology, not addictions. Plus, orgasm is an involuntary nervous response: it's not something people can have absolute control over.

So, while in media addiction (which is classically and still most commonly about substances) is presented as something that can be possible with everything anymore, media isn't a good representation of psychology.

So, take a look at compulsion in your research instead of addition. People can certainly be sexually compulsive. And if you're worried you have an issue with compulsive behavior, my best advice is to talk to a psychology professional.

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No I am not worried for myself but when i was 16-17 i was heavily depressed. I could never unwind so i sought medical attention was put on some pretty heavy uppers. But also got told to go to a psychiatrist but ze said that i was:
"Addicted to putting myself in harms way"
That my behaviour meant I was addicted to putting myself in a "hero" role.

I do not take medication anymore as the hyperness leading to loss of sleep was harmful in my view. And I have taken my own route to help which has helped me and a friend who I knew was going down the same road.

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Well, in my opinion, that was lazy use of language there. At the same time, sometimes doctors of every kind will kind of try and shortcut things for laymen or put them into terms they think a patient can best understand.

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After reading some internet material I am finding it very hard to find the difference between "behavioural addiction" and "Compulsion". So I referenced it with some books in the library and the two older books I have seem to refer to compulsion but the newer one seems to refer to compulsion

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*newer ones "behavioural addiction"

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Again, this is a big philosophical divide right now, but on the whole, most people in the psychology field still refer to these things as compulsions. I also am not personally comfortable calling them addictions myself.

And that's really all I can add on this. Not everyone will use the same terms for things.

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True thanks for your time. I think I prefer compulsions myself. And Ill keep my eye on this.

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