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Classification & external resourcesICD-10 F52.7
Hypersexuality is a desire for human sexual behavior at levels high enough to be considered clinically significant.
Hypersexuality is characterized by an impairing need for frequent genital stimulation that, when achieved, does not result in long-term emotional or sexual satisfaction. This dissatisfaction is what is believed to encourage the heightened frequency of sexual stimulation, as well as additional physiological and neurological symptoms.
The concept of hypersexuality replaces the older concepts of nymphomania (or furor uterinus) and satyriasis. Nymphomania was believed to be a psychological disorder characterized by an overactive libido and an obsession with sex. In males the disorder was called satyriasis (for etymology of the words, see nymph and satyr). "Nymphomania" and "satyriasis" are no longer listed as specific disorders in the DSM-IV.
The threshold for what constitutes hypersexuality is subject to debate, and critics question whether a standardized diagnostic threshold even exists. Sex drive varies widely in humans, and what one person would consider a "normal" sex drive might be considered excessive by some and low by others. The consensus among those who consider this a disorder is that the threshold is met when the behavior causes distress or impaired social functioning.Contents [hide]
1 Hypersexuality and physical conditions
3 See also
4 External links
Hypersexuality and physical conditions
There are a number of known physical conditions that can lead to hypersexual behavior.
Hypersexuality can be a symptom of bipolar disorder and is generally associated with the manic phase of the condition. It can result in later regrets (depressive phase), and cause a person to lie about any sexual activity they are active in, so much, that they will even believe in it themselves. The condition can also be caused by Klüver-Bucy syndrome.
It has sometimes been reported following brain injuries and diseases that cause dementia and loss of impulse control. Additionally, hypersexuality is a reported side effect of dopamine imbalance. Huntington's Disease has also been related to hypersexuality.
Ninfomania é o ato de espontaneamente apresentar um nível elevado de desejo e de fantasias sexuais, aumento de frequência sexual com compulsividade ao ato, controle inadequado dos impulsos e grande sofrimento. Preocupa-se a tal ponto com seus pensamentos e sentimentos sexuais que acaba por prejudicar suas atividades diárias e relacionamentos afetivos.
Pensa-se que uma mulher com ninfomania deseja ter atos sexuais interminantemente, mas a realidade não possui qualquer ligação com tal mito.
Uma mulher considerada ninfomaníaca, na realidade, não consegue satisfazer seus desejos sexuais e por isso sente a necessidade de ter vários atos sexuais seguidos, para uma tentativa de gozo e/ou orgasmo.