Common Couples Issues

Couples Therapy Tip: Relationship Inventory

RELATIONSHIP INVENTORY Answering the following questions often leads to insight in my patients who seek both individual and couples therapy. Please describe your feelings in this relationship with your spouse, I.e. “I feel rejected when he/she …”, “I feel controlled when he/she does…” Describe your needs that are not being met. Do you feel some of the same emotions in other areas of your life such as work, friends and others? Make a list of characteristics and behaviors that you like about your spouse. Do you have some of the same characteristics? How are these characteristics similar to the one(s) related to your parents?

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Masturbation and Pornography

Sexual Compulsivity and Paraphilias

What are  Sexual Compulsivity and Paraphilias? Paraphilia Related Disorders (PRD), also referred to as sexual compulsivity, are not well recognized even though they have been present for some time. These disorders include socially accepted forms of sexual expression that become intrusive or excessive for the patient and are accompanied by personal distress and significant impairment. Paraphilias are socially deviant, persistent, highly arousing, sexual fantasies and urges, which cause personal distress and/or social difficulties. This can revolve around a particular object (children, feet, rubber) or act (exposing oneself, being physically injured). In order for a person to be a paraphilia they

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Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction in young men

Erectile Dysfunction in Young Men   Men over the age of 50 most commonly experience erectile dysfunction (ED). However, new studies and surveys show that erectile dysfunction also affects young men, and as many as 25% of men with ED are under the age of 40. Since many young men deal with this problem, it’s essential to learn about the potential causes of ED in younger men.   Erectile Dysfunction – What is It? What is erectile dysfunction? Some men equate it with premature ejaculation, but the two are very different. ED is the inability to achieve or keep an erection that is hard enough for intercourse, or the inability to

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Common Questions

The Difference Between “Cheating” and Sex Addiction

The Difference Between “Cheaters” and Sex Addicts   Research shows that up to 30% of individuals, both women and men, admit to cheating while in a relationship. Within the past few years, many celebrities caught cheating have cited sex addiction as their problem, causing debate on the difference between a cheater and a sex addict. In some cases, sex addiction is referred to as hypersexual disorder, but experts note that the only about 5% of individuals truly have this disorder.[1] However, while sex addition may not be as prevalent as celebrities and the media portray, it still is important to be able to tell the

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Common Questions

Sex Addicts with Enmeshed Mothers

Sex Addicts with Enmeshed Mothers   Based on statistics, it is estimated that over 30 million people in the United States alone, suffer from a sexual addiction. Sexual addiction within itself is a largely misunderstood and taboo subject in many quarters of society. Those afflicted can usually identify that there is something unsettling or “off” about the nature of their sexual desire, but chose this emotional escape to avoid feelings. This can be a lonely and frustrating road, which leads to feelings of anger, frustration, alienation and issues of self-esteem. Sexual addiction takes on various forms, and manifest itself through

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Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction and Pornography

Erectile Dysfunction and the Use of Pornography   One recent study published by the Journal of Sex Medicine shows that of the diagnosed cases of erectile dysfunction, 25% of those cases involve young men.[1] Another study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, noted that 30% of young men deal with erectile dysfunction today.[2] Among younger men dealing with sexual dysfunction, sex addiction, particularly the addiction to porn, appears to be a problem. In fact, Italian scientists from the Italian Society of Andrology and Sexual Medicine have done studies that show that regular or excessive consumption of pornography may result in impotence, lack of libido and a

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