PATHOS - A Brief Screening Instrument for Assessing Sexual Addiction*
Preoccupied - do find yourself preoccupied with sexual thoughts?
Ashamed - do you hide some of your sexual behaviors from others?
Treatment - have you ever sought therapy for sexual behaviors you did not like?
Hurt Others - has anyone ever been hurt emotionally because of your sexual behavior?
Out of Control - do you feel controlled by your sexual desire?
Sad - when you have sex, do you feel depressed afterwards?
A commonly asked question is "What screening tool(s) is available to determine if a referral for therapy is appropriate?" The Journal of Addictive Medicine published the PATHOS screening instrument in March 2012 (Volume 6 - Issue 1 - pg. 29-34).* A "yes" score of three (3) or more indicates the likelihood of a sexual addiction. An individual who scores a 3 or more may benefit from additional assessment and treatment.
For additional information and assessment tools, visit www.recoveryzone.com or contact a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) to schedule an appointment.