Compulsive Sexual Behavior: A Review of the Literature
Akademiai Kiado Zrt. -- Journal of Behavioral Addictions
DOI 10.1556/2006.4.2015.003
  1. compulsivity
  2. sex
  3. impulsivity
  4. addiction
  5. treatment

Background and Aims

Compulsive sexual behavior (CSB) is a common disorder featuring repetitive, intrusive and distressing sexual thoughts, urges and behaviors that negatively affect many aspects of an individual’s life. This article reviews the clinical characteristics of CSB, cognitive aspects of the behaviors, and treatment options.


We reviewed the literature regarding the clinical aspects of CSB and treatment approaches.


The literature review of the clinical aspects of CSB demonstrates that there is likely a substantial heterogeneity within the disorder. In addition, the treatment literature lacks sufficient evidence-based approaches to develop a clear treatment algorithm.


Although discussed in the psychological literature for years, CSB continues to defy easy categorization within mental health. Further research needs to be completed to understand where CSB falls within the psychiatric nosology.