We have compared your answers with people who have been diagnosed with sexual addiction. Your answers have not met a score that indicates sex addiction is present. To help you understand, the graphic below plots your score in relation to the scores of others.
If you scored less than six (6) there is a LOW PROBABILITY that sexual addiction is present.
If you scored between six (6) and ten (10) there is a STRONG PROBABILITY that sexual addiction is present.
If you scored more than ten (10) there is a VERY HIGH PROBABILITY that sexual addiction is present.
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In addition, there are certain subscales that can help you understand your situation more fully. The following patterns emerged in your answers:
A profile consistent with persons struggling with sexually compulsive behavior on the internet
A profile consistent with men who struggle with sexually compulsive behavior
A profile consistent with women who struggle with sexually compulsive behavior
A profile consistent with homosexual men who struggle with sexually compulsive behavior
The SAST also measures key characteristics of addiction. The following characteristics of addictive disorder appeared in your answers:
Preoccupation: obsessive thinking about sexual behavior, opportunities, and fantasies
Loss of control: inability to stop behavior despite commitments to self and others and despite problems caused by behavior
Relationship disturbance: sexual behavior has created significant relationship problems
Affect disturbance: significant depression, despair, or anxiety over sexual behavior
WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW?
You have just completed the Sexual Addiction Screening Test or SAST (version 3.1). This assessment tool has been used since 1983 to help determine if sexual addiction is a problem. This version of the SAST is new. It was updated to reflect changes in sexual behavior since the 1980's and to be of assistance whatever your gender or sexual orientation might be. The database on which the assessment is made is composed of thousands of clinical patients, on-line assessments (such as this one), and non-clinical populations. Please remember that this is a new version so scoring may be adjusted with more research. It also is a simple screening tool which helps you sort out whether you have a problem or not. If you do have a concern, it is very important to see a trained therapist who understands sexual addiction. At the Pastoral Center for Healing we have therapists who have just this sort of training and are ready to be of help to you. For a free phone consultation regarding your next steps, give us a call at 730-6196. We hope this process has been helpful to you.