Hypersexuality - Definition

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Hypersexuality denotes a continual, even compulsive, search for sexual gratification. Affected individuals exhibit an overly-active libido that can be described as obsessional and can negatively impact on their social life. It is often attributed to an affective disorder. On the other hand, sudden hypersexuality can be accounted for by a neurological cause, and more specifically by damage to the limbic system, or due to medication (such as treatment for Parkinson's disease). Nymphomania is hypersexuality as exhibited in women, and satyriasis is the form for men, both terms that originate in mythology.

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