Hypersexuality: Relentless Sex Drive

What Is Hypersexuality?


Hypersexuality refers to an excessively high sex drive. Sometimes referred to as “nymphomania,” hypersexuality causes an individual to be unable to achieve sexual satisfaction no matter how often they have sex. In spite of reaching orgasm, the individual will want to continue having sex to an unreasonable and physically uncomfortable extent. Hypersexuality can occur on its own or it can be a symptom of an underlying factor or condition. It is most often seen in individuals with other addictive tendencies, such as alcoholism or drug addiction and is found more often in men than in women.


Hypersexuality can occur entirely on its own, with no known cause. It is frequently found in people who suffer from other addictions, including drug addiction or over-eating. Hypersexuality can also be linked to the following factors or conditions:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Autism
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Kluver-Busy Syndrome
  • Kleine-Levin Syndrome
  • Dementia
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Adrenal Cancer
  • Adrenal Gland Hyperfunction
  • Pick’s Disease
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Certain medications
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder


There is only one type of hypersexuality.



  • Excessive libido
  • Inability to be satisfied sexually
  • Fixation on sex, talking about sex, thinking about sex
  • Infidelity
  • Impulsive sexual behaviors
  • Inability to make a mental or emotional connection with sexual partners
  • Sexual promiscuity
  • Compulsive masturbation
  • Other addictions
    • Alcoholism
    • Gambling
    • Drugs
    • Smoking
    • Over-Eating


Hypersexuality or nymphomania can usually be diagnosed by a psychiatrist or a sex therapist based on a thorough mental assessment.


The most common treatments for hypersexuality include behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, or mental health counseling. For cases that are caused by an underlying condition or factor, treating that condition or eliminating that factor can usually resolve the excessive sex drive.

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