Treating Compulsive Sexual Behavior

Yaniv Efrati, Mateusz Gola

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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. Recent Findings: 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. Summary: 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-64
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Sexual Health Reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
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).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.


  • Compulsive sexual behaviors
  • Sexual behavior
  • Therapy
  • Treatment


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