* Your answer to any question with an asterisk may be related to an ego-dystonic (unwanted) pattern of sexual arousal. For instance, people with same-sex attractions sometimes feel badly about that, which might cause them to answer yes to a few of the questions in this screening instrument. That said, sexual addiction is unrelated to who or what it is that turns a person on. Things like homosexuality and fetish behavior are not, per se, indicators of sexual addiction. This is one of the reasons it is important to discuss the results of this screening test with a licensed professional who can help you separate addictive (obsessive, out of control, problem causing) behavior from behavior that is not addictive but still creates emotional discomfort for you.
** An affirmative answer to questions 12 or 25, regarding illegal sexual behavior, is always a problem. If you answered yes to either of these questions, you should seek confidential advice from a licensed professional skilled in handling such issues. Before doing this, be aware that psychotherapists and other helping professionals (including lawyers) may have reporting requirements (that can vary from state to state) related to illegal sexual behaviors. Please learn about the reporting laws in your state before speaking to a professional in detail about your challenges.
Original version by Robert Weiss, PhD., and Patrick J. Carnes, PhD., 2010
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