Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012
There continues to be debate and controversy in the recovery community regarding terms like “sex addiction.” Is it an addiction? Is it a compulsion? Is there a difference?
Researchers have been determined to pin down a definition.
This week, a new study has found that the disorder is very real, and researchers are now deciding how to agree on a diagnosis for sex addiction. Also known as hypersexual disorder, sex addiction may also be included in the newest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), slated for release in 2013.
Until the DSM release, researchers are attempting to agree on a definition for the disorder. But, according to International Science Times, despite the outcome of a definition, researchers have stressed that the diagnosis would not make people who watch pornography sex addicts, but would only affect people who classify their sexual habits as “out of control.”
“They might consider the consequences momentarily, but somehow feel their need for sex is more important, and choose sex even in situations where such choices might cause significant problems or harm,” Rory Reid, study author and an assistant professor and research psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, told LiveScience.
Click here to read the full story from International Science Times.