Treating Compulsive Sexual Behavior
Purpose of Review
Here we review potential therapeutic approaches for treating compulsive sexual behaviors (CSB; also known as hypersexual disorder). We present the therapeutic goals of several psychological and, pharmacological treatment approaches, and state of the research on their effectiveness.
To date, no systematic studies with control groups have been conducted in the field of CSB treatment; however, there are documented case studies and small-sample studies indicating potential effectiveness of pharmacological treatment with naltrexone and SSRIs as well as mindfulness, CBT, and 12-step-based treatment approaches.
There is a whole field of CSB treatment waiting for systematic scientific investigation. Future research on CSB treatment should take in account a possibility of individual differences in psychological and neural mechanisms underlying CSB and help inform optimal selection of treatment modality for each patient.
KeywordsCompulsive sexual behaviors Treatment Sexual behavior Therapy
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Conflict of Interest
Yaniv Efrati declares no conflicts of interest.
Mateusz Gola reports a grant from the Polish National Science Centre, OPUS grant (2014/15/B/HS6/03792), and a scholarship from the Polish Ministry of Science (469/STYP/10/2015).
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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.
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