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Is Sexting a Symptom of a Sexual Disorder?

The story of Rep. Anthony Weiner has opened a debate in the U.S. on sexting, the increasingly common practice of sending lewd images, and the possibility that the tip of the iceberg of a sexual disorder.

Weiner’s resignation on Thursday after two weeks of controversy over the appearance of sexual pictures and messages sent through the Twitter social network, was preceded by a drumroll: the announcement to be submitted to a treatment to end that behavior.

Seeking professional help seems normal in the case of a public figure to which such behavior has cost him his career, but for many it is a disproportionate tendency for seemingly innocuous and widespread.

At least 6% of Americans over 18 have ever sent sexually suggestive pictures via text message with a full or partial nudity, and 15% have received, according to a recent Pew Research Center.

Weiner’s behavior may not have led him to commit a physical infidelity, but it denotes a character comparable to that show compulsive alcoholics and drug addicts or gambling

“As to those who feel the desire to drink or gamble some money, sex addiction is not really about the physical act. Sufferers spend more time thinking about the process of persecution in the act,” he said.

Weiss, who has written several books on ‘cyber’ and have treated hundreds of addicts that behavior, estimates that between 5% and 10% of men and 2% of U.S. women practice sexting with some regularity.

Although research in this area is “low,” the expert believes that this trend does not have to be a symptom of sexual addiction, where a “show and sporadic nature of sexuality”, as “who gets drunk on Occasionally does not have to be an alcoholic. ”

In many cases, actually, is rather “an unwise decision, or a little reflection,” as Weiner took that as they launch their pictures online, where information spreads like wildfire.

In the United States specializing in business there and erase the trail of smear can leave that kind of impulsive behavior, as MyReputation.com, that $ 130 a year provides the network to eliminate the lapses of the most clueless.

But when, as in the case of Weiner, addiction leads repeatedly to risk reputation and personal life, becomes indicative of an emotional problem that needs treatment, Weiss says.

The process involves, first, to “analyze the sexual behavior of the person and verify that they have no other kind of mental problem”, although 90% of cases, the behavior arises from “the tendency to ignore emotional issues “or” a childhood in which he avoided physical contact. ”

“Weiner has failed to explain why he acted as he did because it is likely that even he understands,” said Weiss.

The next step, after counseling, is to “provide the tools necessary to avoid falling into the same,” learn to calm down and look for behaviors that satisfy the temptation, as the desire to re-offend “will accompany the rest of his life.”

Against this background, Weiner seems determined to redeem himself from the behavior that cost him his seat in Congress, but there are those who ask you to make your coat and make a coat that is on everyone’s lips to make it a new career .

As did the actor David Duchovny to star in a series about a sex addict months after recognizing his own problem, Congress has the opportunity to forget and accept the therapy, however, the job that the tycoon has offered Porn industry Larry Flynt.

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