What Is Chronic Masterbaiter Disorder
“Masturbation is the practice of rubbing or stroking one’s genitals for sexual pleasure. It can be done manually (by oneself) or through sex toys, devices, or objects. Masturbation has been practiced by humans since ancient times. Ancient people believed that excessive self-pleasure could lead to blindness. A Greek philosopher named Pythagoras even recommended abstention from all forms of sensual pleasures including sex and masturbation as they led to madness. Nevertheless, masturbation was considered taboo till the 19th century when Freud first identified it as a form of autoeroticism. He called it “”Onanism”” after the Latin word onanista meaning spinner of yarns.
The term chronic masterbater (CM) was coined by Janniko Tafoya in 1980 who described a patient suffering from compulsive masturbation to such an extent that he would masturbate up to 20 times per day. He also had obsessive thoughts about his condition and felt depressed if not able to indulge in this activity. He felt that his wife did not understand him and sometimes thought she may have another lover. Due to severe distress caused by his problem, he tried to commit suicide several times but failed. His case came to light when he sought treatment at a mental health clinic.
There are many myths surrounding CM. Some believe that it is just a habit while others think that it stems from childhood trauma. People often assume that it occurs only in men but women are equally affected. In fact, studies show that 1 million American women admit to engaging in solitary sexual activities like masturbation. However, the exact cause of CM remains unclear. There are no definitive statistics available regarding its prevalence rates across genders and age groups. Experts say that CM does occur more commonly among males than females. But why? One theory suggests that men tend to masturbate more frequently due to higher levels of testosterone. Another study found that there were no significant differences between males and females in terms of frequency. Research shows that people with bipolar disorder are more likely to suffer from CM. This happens because stimulation of certain areas of the brain responsible for arousal leads to extreme states of excitement. Patients with bipolar disorder tend to experience manic episodes during which their sexual urges increase significantly leading them to engage in excessive masturbation.
So what exactly is chronic masterbating disorder? What are some of the symptoms and how is it treated? Find out below…
Symptoms of Chronic Masterbating Disorder
While most people masturbate occasionally without any serious consequences, those afflicted with CM generally develop psychological problems. They feel distressed and overwhelmed by their inability to control their urge to touch themselves in ways that provide gratification. The following are common symptoms of CM according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5):
1.) Recurrent, intense fantasies involving sexual activity with a nonconsenting partner.
2.) Compulsively acting out these fantasies over and over again.
3.) Doing so despite negative personal consequences.
4.) Feeling troubled by the emotional effects of having acted upon recurring sexual impulses.
5.) Lacking control over whether to do the acts or not.
6.) Experiencing marked distress over losing control over touching oneself.
7.) Having difficulty refraining from any repetitive behaviors that might give rise to sexual activity.
8.) Exhibiting patterns of sexual compulsivity that are recurrent and enduring.
9.) Recognizing that the behavior is causing distress and experiencing clear social impairment.
10.) Exhibiting characteristic features listed under Atypical Antipsychotic Medication Side Effects.
11.) Failing to fulfill major role obligations due to persistent sexual impulse-related problems.
12.) Repeatedly lying about doing things necessary to obtain medication.
13.) Frequently feeling tired or fatigued.
14.) Showing concern about being caught engaging in sexual activity.
15.) Being preoccupied with ideas of wanting to hurt oneself.
16.) Engaging in sexual activity regardless of circumstances.
17.) Attempting suicide because of the distress caused by the behavior.
18.) Using substances/medications to cope with distress.
19.) Disregarding safety measures to protect oneself.
20.) Withdrawal from family members, friends, spouse, or partners.
21.) Having trouble keeping jobs.
22.) Not remembering key aspects of daily life.
23.) Avoiding important commitments.
24.) Staying away from school/work/social events.
25.) Becoming irritable or angry easily.
26.) Developing physical complaints that make it difficult to perform normal tasks.
27.) Spending money impulsively.
28.) Turning to other sources of support instead of relying on a therapist.
29.) Taking longer time to recover from illness/injuries.
A few years ago, Dr. Robert Spitzer, founder of the World Psychiatric Association, proposed that CM should be classified as a distinct category apart from other types of paraphilias. According to him, it is different from exhibitionistic disorder, frotteurism, pedophilia, and transvestic fetishism. The reason behind classification of CM as a separate entity is that the patients seem to get worse with time unlike other types of paraphilias which typically improve with appropriate treatment. Though research is scarce, experts suggest looking into possible causes of CM rather than treating it as a symptom of other conditions. For example, many sufferers blame their obsession on traumatic experiences they went through while growing up. So they seek counseling and psychotherapy to deal with underlying issues.
Treating Chronic Masterbator Disorder
According to a recent survey conducted by the National Institute of Health (NIH), approximately 1% of Americans suffers from CM. Most of them don’t realize that they are suffering from it until someone points it out to them. That is why it is important to recognize early signs of the disease. If you think you might have it, consult your doctor immediately. Treatment usually involves both medical and behavioral approaches. Behavioral therapy helps in dealing with the root causes of the disease. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on changing beliefs and attitudes that contribute to development of the disorder. CBT sessions involve learning new skills, techniques, and coping mechanisms to help individuals manage stress. Exposure therapy aims to desensitize ones body against erotic stimuli. Hypnotherapy involves relaxation techniques where a trained hypnotherapist will guide patients to visualize images of desired situations.
Medication is used along with behavioral therapies to treat CM. SSRIs, SNRIs, antipsychotics, anticonvulsants, benzodiazepines, and antidepressants are among the drugs prescribed to relieve symptoms. Anti-obsessive medications called anxiolytics are also given as needed. Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is also used to treat CM and other similar cases. ECT uses electrical current to stimulate neurons in the brain which results in therapeutic effect.
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