Satyriasis is a type of hypersexuality in which a man experiences an intense and persistent desire for sexual activity, often to the point of obsession. This condition is also sometimes called “hypersexuality disorder” or “sexual addiction” and is characterized by a compulsive need for sexual gratification that interferes with a person’s daily life and relationships.
Symptoms of satyriasis may include excessive masturbation, frequent sexual fantasies, persistent urges to engage in sexual activity, and difficulty controlling sexual behavior.
Satyriasis pronunciation: / săt′ə-rī′ə-sĭs /
The term “satyriasis” has a long history in Western culture, and has been used to describe a variety of behaviors and attitudes related to sexuality. In ancient Greece and Rome, satyrs were mythical creatures associated with drunkenness, revelry, and sexual excess.
Later, during the Renaissance and Enlightenment periods, the concept of “satyriasis” was used to describe a range of sexual behaviors considered immoral or abnormal, including homosexuality, bestiality, and prostitution.
Additional information about Satyriasis
- The term “satyriasis” is derived from the Greek god of fertility, Pan, who was often depicted with the legs, horns, and tail of a goat, and was known for his excessive sexual appetite.
- Satyriasis is often compared to its female counterpart, andromania, which is also characterized by an intense and insatiable desire for sexual activity.
- While satyriasis is not recognized as a formal diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), hypersexuality disorder is included as a specifier for other diagnoses, such as bipolar disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
- Satyriasis can be caused by a variety of factors, including hormonal imbalances, childhood trauma, substance abuse, and certain medications.
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