What causes nymphomania?

The exact cause of nymphomania is not known. Nymphomania is a type of compulsive disorder marked by mental and emotional imbalance. It is thought that certain life events may trigger people who are predisposed to nymphomania (for hereditary or environmental reasons) to engage in compulsive sexual behavior. Like many other mental illnesses, nymphomania may be linked to an imbalance in chemicals in the brain (neurotransmitters).

What are the risk factors for nymphomania?

A number of factors increase the risk of developing nymphomania. Not all people with risk factors will get nymphomania. Risk factors for nymphomania include:

  • Age under 30
  • Family history of mental illness
  • Female gender
  • Homosexual orientation
  • Personal history of mental illness
  • Recent traumatic life event
  • Stress
INTRODUCTION

What is nymphomania?

Nymphomania is a mental disorder marked by compulsive sexual behavior. Compulsions are unwanted actions, or rituals, that a person engages in repeatedly without getting pleasure from them or being able to control them. In the case of nymphomania, people act out their compulsions by engaging in risky behaviors such as promiscuity. Whether or not nymphomania qualifies as a true mental illnes... Read more about nymphomaniaintroduction

SYMPTOMS

What are the symptoms of nymphomania?

The primary symptom of nymphomania is compulsive sexual behavior, including promiscuity. It may occur with other symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder or other mental illnesses or personality disorders.... Read more about nymphomaniasymptoms

TREATMENTS

How is nymphomania treated?

There is no cure for nymphomania. Like many other mental illnesses, nymphomania may be treated with medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two. With treatment, it is possible to manage compulsive sexual behavior.... Read more about nymphomaniatreatments

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