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Sex addiction might be a condition we all snicker about, but it will soon be considered a mental disorder. The next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), will likely list hypersexual disorder and its symptoms as a medical disorder.
Prior to recent studies, “out of control sexual behavior” had not been seriously studied enough to know if it was a fact or fiction. Researchers from UCLA have now determined that sex addiction meets all the criteria for a mental health condition.
“The criteria for hypersexual disorder that have been proposed, and now tested, will allow researchers and clinicians to study, treat and develop prevention strategies for individuals at risk for developing hypersexual behavior,” explained Rory Reid, research psychologist and assistant professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.
It has been determined that for a person to be diagnosed with hypersexual disorder he or she must experience repeated sexual fantasies, behaviors, and urges that last upwards of six months, and are not due to factors such as medication, another medical condition, substance abuse, or manic episodes linked to bipolar disorder. They may also display a pattern of sexual activity as a reaction to their periods of irritated moods, like when they feel depressed.
“It’s not that a lot of people don’t take sexual risks from time to time or use sex on occasion to cope with stress or just escape, but for these patients, it’s a constant pattern that escalates until their desire for sex is controlling every aspect of their lives and they feel powerless in their efforts to change,” Reid concluded.
Source: Journal of Sexual Medicine, MedicalNewsToday
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