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Sexual addiction, also known as sex addiction, is a state characterised by compulsive participation or engagement in sexual activity, particularly sexual intercourse, despite negative consequences.

Proponents of a diagnostic model for sexual addiction consider it to be one of several sex-related disorders within hypersexual disorder. The term sexual dependence is also used to refer to people who report being unable to control their sexual urges, behaviours, or thoughts.

Related or synonymous models of pathological sexual behaviour include:


- Hyper-sexuality (nymphomania and satyriasis)

- Erotomania

- Don Juanism (or Don Juanitaism)

- Paraphilia

- Infidelity

- Voyeurism

- Cybersex

- Multiple affairs, sexual partners, and one night stands