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 or contact a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) to schedule an appointment.

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