Sexual Anorexia by Patrick J. Carnes & Joseph M. Moriarity
Overcoming Sexual Self-Hatred

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A first-time examination of sexual anorexia, an extreme fear of sexual intimacy and obsessive avoidance of sex, by the acknowledged leader in the treatment of compulsive sexual behavior and recovery.

Author Dr. Patrick Carnes begins by defining sexual anorexia and demonstrating how it and its parallel disorder, sexual addiction and compulsivity, often arise from a background of childhood sexual trauma, neglect, and other forms of abuse, Carnes explores the numerous dimensions of sexual health, examining key issues which must be addressed and resolved for recovery to proceed. Utilizing extensive research and elucidating case studies, Carnes develops concrete tasks and plans for restoring nurturing and sensuality, building fulfilling relationships, exploring intimacy, and creating healthy sexuality. Woven throughout the book are stories of recovery which illustrate sexual healing principles, model new behavior, and support motivation for change. Sexual Anorexia enables those suffering from this disorder to recognize that sex need not be a furtive enemy to be fought and defeated but, instead, a deeply sensual, passionate, fulfilling, and spiritual experience that all human beings are innately entitled to.
 

About Patrick J. Carnes & Joseph M. Moriarity

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Patrick Carnes, who has been called the nation's leading professional expert on sexual addiction, is a nationally known speaker. He received his Ph.D. in education and counseling from the University of Minnesota. His first book, Out of The Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction was originally published in December, 1983, as The Sexual Addict, but had to be retitled because of the stigma associated with the designation. Subsequent works include Don't Call It Love: Recovery From Sexual Addiction (1991), A Gentle Path Through the Twelve Steps (1993), 27 Tasks For Changing Compulsive, Out-of-Control, And Inappropriate Sexual Behavior: Therapist's Guide (1994), and Sexual Anorexia: Overcoming Sexual Self-Hatred and The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships (1997). A leading researcher who is frequently cited by other specialists, Carnes was a founding board member of the National Council on Sex Addiction and has served on the National Advisory Board of the American Academy of Health Care Providers in Addictive Disorders. He created an inpatient program for sexual dependency at Golden Valley Health Center in Minneapolis, was executive director of new programs for sexual addiction and trauma treatment at Del Am Hospital in Torrance, California, and has consulted with academic, social service, military and criminal justice organizations. Carnes lives in Minnesota.
 
Published August 7, 2009 by Hazelden. 420 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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