First of all, WELCOME. If you have found yourself here at this site, it's likely not by accident.  There are probably problems in your life that have become unmanageable to the point that they have grabbed your attention, if at least to spark curiosity, that you might have a problem.  The first step in beginning this journey is to discover if that suspicion or curiosity is based in truth for you.  The following is a self-assessment test that will help you determine if you are in the right place.

The Sexual Addiction Screening Test (SAST) is designed to assist in the assessment of sexually compulsive or "addictive" behavior. Developed in cooperation with hospitals, treatment programs, private therapists and community groups, the SAST provides a profile of responses which help to discriminate between addictive and non-addictive behavior. To complete the test, answer each question with a yes or no.


1. Were you sexually abused as a child or adolescent?

2. Did your parents have trouble with sexual behavior?

3. Do you often find yourself preoccupied with sexual thoughts?

4. Do you feel that your sexual behavior is not normal?

5. Do you ever feel bad about your sexual behavior?

6. Has your sexual behavior ever created problems for you and your family?

7. Have you ever sought help for sexual behavior you did not like?

8. Has anyone been hurt emotionally because of your sexual behavior?

9. Are any of your sexual activities against the law?

10. Have you made efforts to quit a type of sexual activity and failed?

11. Do you hide some of your sexual behaviors from others?

12. Have you attempted to stop some parts of your sexual activity?

13. Have you felt degraded by your sexual behaviors?

14. When you have sex, do you feel depressed afterwards?

15. Do you feel controlled by your sexual desire?

16. Have important parts of your life (such as job, family, friends, leisure activities) been neglected because you were spending too much time on sex?

17. Do you ever think your sexual desire is stronger than you are?

18. Is sex almost all you think about?

19. Has sex (or romantic fantasies) been a way for you to escape your problems?

20. Has sex become the most important thing in your life?

If you answered "Yes" more than six times, you may have a problem.


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SAST written by Patrick Carnes, PhD