Self Tests

Test 1:
Men’s Sexual Addiction Screening Test:
By Patrick Carnes, Ph.D. and Robert Weiss, LCSW, CAS
Used with permission of Patrick Carnes, PHD

The Male Sexual Addiction Screening Test (G-SAST) is designed to assist the assessment of sexually compulsive or “addictive” behavior. The G-SAST provides a profile of responses which help to identify men with sexually addictive disorders. Check each “Yes” response as appropriate, and then contact Sharon O’Hara at sharonoharamft@gmail.com if you wish to schedule an initial assessment in order to discuss your G-SAST results.

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

2) Have you subscribed or regularly purchased/rented sexually explicit
magazines or videos?

3) Did your parents have trouble with their sexual or romantic behaviors?

4) Do you often find yourself preoccupied with sexual thoughts?

5) Has your use of phone sex lines, computer sex lines etc. exceeded your ability to pay for these services?

6) Does your significant other(s), friends,or family ever worry or complain about your sexual behavior? (not related to sexual orientation)

7) Do you have trouble stopping your sexual behavior when you know it is inappropriate and/or dangerous to your health?

8) Has your involvement with pornography, phone sex, computer board sex,etc. become greater than your intimate contacts with romantic partners?

9) Do you keep the extent or nature of your sexual activities hidden from
your friends and/or partners? (not related to sexual orientation)

10) Do you look forward to events with friends or family being over so that you can go out to have sex?

11) Do you visit sexual bath houses, sex clubs and/or video bookstores as a regular part of your sexual activity?

12) Do you believe that anonymous or casual sex has kept you from having more long term intimate relationships or from reaching other personal goals?

13) Do you have trouble maintaining intimate relationships once the “sexual
newness” of the person has worn off?

14) Do your sexual encounters place you in danger of arrest for lewd conduct or public indecency?

15) Are you HIV positive, yet continue to engage in risky or unsafe sexual behavior?

16) Has anyone ever been hurt emotionally by events related to your sexual behavior, e.g. lying to partner or friends, not showing up for event/appointment due to sexual liaisons, etc., (not related to sexual orientation)?

17) Have you ever been approached, charged, arrested by the police,security, etc. due to sexual activity in a public place?

18) Have you ever been sexual with a minor?

19) When you have sex, do you feel depressed afterwards?

20) Have you made repeated promises to yourself to change some form of your sexual activity only to break them later? (not related to sexual orientation)

21) Have your sexual activities interfered with some aspect of your professional or personal life, e.g. unable to perform at work, loss of relationship? (not related to sexual orientation)

22) Have you engaged in unsafe or “risky” sexual practices even though you knew it could cause you harm?

23) Have you ever paid for sex?

24) Have you ever had sex with someone just because you were feeling aroused and later felt ashamed or regretted it?

25) Have you ever cruised public restrooms, rest areas and/or parks looking for sexual encounters with strangers?

If you have answered yes to several of these questions, you may want to schedule an initial assessment to explore further any concerns that were raised.

To schedule an initial assessment, call Sharon O’Hara at 310-326-5534 or email Sharon at: sharonoharamft@gmail.com.

Test 2:
Women’s Sexual Addiction Screening Test:
By Patrick Carnes, PhD and Sharon O’Hara, MA
Used with permission of Patrick Carnes, PHD

The Women’s Sexual Addiction Screening Test (W-SAST) is designed to assist the assessment of sexually compulsive or “addictive” behavior. The W-SAST provides a profile of responses which help to identify women with sexually addictivedisorders.

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

2. Do you regularly purchase romance novels or sexually explicit magazines?

3. Have you stayed in romantic relationships after they become emotionally or physically abusive?

4. Do you often find yourself preoccupied with sexual thoughts or romantic daydreams?

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

6. Does your spouse or significant other ever worry or complain about your sexual behavior?

7. Do you have trouble stopping your sexual behavior when you know it is inappropriate?

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

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

10. Have you ever worried about people finding out about your sexual activities?

If you have answered yes to several of these questions, you may want to schedule an initial assessment to explore further any concerns that were raised.

To schedule an initial assessment, call Sharon O’Hara at 310-326-5534 or email Sharon at: sharonoharamft@gmail.com.

Test 3:
Cyber Sex Addiction:

The Cyber – Sex Addiction Screening Test (C-SAST) is designed to assist the assessment of sexually compulsive or “addictive” behavior. The C-SAST provides a profile of responses which help to identify individuals with sexually addictive disorders. Answer each question yes or no. Depending on the particular pattern of symptoms:

* If 1- 3 of these symptoms are found to be true, this may be an area of concern and should be openly discussed with a friend or family member.

* More than 3 positive answers would indicate the need to consider more professional counseling with someone trained in the treatment of addictive disorders and consideration of a 12 step support program such as those listed in this resources article: Sex Addiction Definitions and 12-Step Resources Guide

1.  Spending increasing amounts of online time focused on sexual or romantic intrigue or involvement.

2.  Involvement in multiple romantic or sexual affairs in chat rooms, Internet or BBS.

3.  Not considering online sexual or romantic “affairs” to be a possible violation of spousal/partnership commitments.

4.  Failed attempts to cut back on frequency of online or Internet sexual and romantic involvement or interaction.

5.  Online use interferes with work (tired or late due to previous nights use, online while at work etc.).

6.  Online use interferes with primary relationships (e.g. minimizing or lying to partners about online activities, spending less time with family or partners).

7.  Intense engagement in collecting Internet pornography.

8.  Engaging in fantasy online acts or experiences which would be illegal if carried out (e.g. rape, child molestation).

9.  Decreased social or family interactive time due to online fantasy involvement’s.

10. Being secretive or lying about amount of time spent online or type of sexual/romantic fantasy activities carried out online.

11. Engaging with sexual or romantic partners met online, while also involved in marital or other primary relationship.

12. Increasing complaints and concern from family or friends about the amount of time spent online.

13. Frequently becoming angry or extremely irritable when asked to give up online involvement to engage with partners, family or friends.

14. Primary focus of sexual or romantic life becomes increasingly related to computer activity (including pornographic CD ROM use).

If you have answered yes to several of these questions, you may want to schedule an initial assessment to explore further any concerns that were raised.

To schedule an initial assessment, call Sharon O’Hara at 310-326-5534 or email Sharon at: sharonoharamft@gmail.com.

Sharon O’Hara, MFT, CSAT, has offices in the Los Angeles and San Pedro area, specializing in treating sex addicts and their partners. She can be reached via email at sharonoharamft@gmail.com.

Robert Weiss, LCSW may be reached at http://www.sexualrecovery.com

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