Do You Treat Sex Fetishes The Same Way as an Addiction
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What about fetishes? Is the mechanism different? The thing that turns you on, you see it in streets?
Essentially, I think the quick answer to this question is sexual triggers that can happen are still happening in the same way in the brain. Right?
They’re still causing that reward system to be very highly activated, the chemical releases are happening, the adrenaline, the dopamine, the serotonin.
You know, all those kinds of things are still going with those kinds of fetishes. And so part of the, I think part of that question is saying that, ‘Is it still- I guess I’m going to assume here that one of the underlying questions with that comment is that, ‘Is that still something that can be addictive?’
I would still say it definitely can be addictive because it’s activating the same reward centers in the brain in the same way, you know it still can be very, very addictive and very disruptive to life. It’s very real in the very same pattern that we’ve been talking about.
A sexual fetish may be regarded as a non-pathological aid to sexual excitement, or as a mental disorder if it causes significant psychosocial distress for the person or has detrimental effects on important areas of their life.