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Sexual Effects of ADHD Different in Men and Women

Sexual Effects of ADHD Different in Men and WomenAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) could affect the severity of hypersexuality in both men and women, but a link with problematic pornography use appears to be stronger in men, new research suggests. 


Often diagnosed in childhood, ADHD is characterized by restlessness, impulsiveness, and risky behavior. ADHD can continue into adulthood. In fact, Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), estimates that about 10 million adults have ADHD. It is more common in males than in females. 


Hypersexuality is an obsession with sex with urges that are hard to manage. A hypersexual person might masturbate often, seek multiple sexual partners, and engage in unsafe sexual behaviors in order to satisfy their urges. 


A person who has problems with pornography might view pornographic material excessively, to the point that it interferes with daily life and functioning. 


In March 2019, the Journal of Sexual Medicine published a study that investigated ADHD symptoms, hypersexuality, and problematic pornography use in relation to each other. Researchers also questioned how situations might be different for men and for women. 

 

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