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When are sexual obsessions dangerous to someone's health?

Tiger Devore
Psychology

Watch as psychologist and certified sex therapist Dr. Tiger Devore discusses sexual obsessions and when they can become dangerous to someone's health.


We all have sexual fantasies that recur. Maybe even frequently. They may spice up our real life sexual relations or make up for a 'dry spell'. We rarely act on them, particularly if they are beyond our normal range of behaviors.

Sexual obsessions are persistent, recurring thoughts or behaviors of a sexual nature. They may or may not be demonstrated through behavior. These obsessions can be indicative of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a mental health condition not restricted to sex.

Obsessions are dangerous to your health when they:

  • interfere with every day functioning
  • cause overwhelming angst because they are disturbing or disgusting to the individual
  • physically dangerous or illegal and acted upon  

When people who are obsessed by thoughts that would be dangerous to life or illegal also have poor impulse control, they may act on the obsession. Alternatively, they may believe they have already acted on the obsession whether true or not. In either case, therapy is required in order to regain control.

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