Science has long accepted sex as a basic human need, even more primary than love and affection, with theorists like Maslow and Freud emphatically stating its importance. Sex addiction is a real, daunting problem that society is slowly beginning to face. Movies like Shame and Thanks for Sharing depict the struggles of a sex addict, drawing the public attention it deserves. What still stays neglected is the other end of the spectrum, though equally devastating in its nature — sexual anorexia. Sexual anorexia is a condition where one compulsively avoids any form of sexual attachment or nourishment.
Recovering from sexual addiction can be a long and painful journey for the addict as well as for those who love them. However, recovering from intimacy anorexia or sexual anorexia can be even more challenging. Like food anorexia, which is a starvation of nutrition, intimacy or sexual anorexia is a starvation or the withholding of love from one partner to another. Generally, intimacy or sexual anorexia can only be accurately diagnosed in a marital relationship by the partner of the intimacy anorexic.
Why did you betray me? His answer at the time was that he missed intimacy. How well I remember my reaction!
Healthcare professionals, loved ones, and the camaraderie of those who have gone through the same struggles can truly make all the difference. Eating Disorder Hope was founded in to bring information, resources, and — as the name implies — hope to those living with eating disorders. Its mission is to help people end disordered eating behavior and pursue recovery. The blog features well-written and comprehensive posts that explore all aspects of eating disorders and recovery, including personal stories from contributors. The National Eating Disorders Association NEDA blog is a wonderful resource for compelling first-person accounts of disordered eating and navigating recovery.