Sex addiction is officially a mental illness

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 12, 2018

Dr Valerie Voon, from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, described the decision as "an excellent step for patients as it allows them to recognise that they are suffering with a problem".

The WHO has included sex addiction - identified as "compulsive sexual behavior disorder - in its updated list version of the International Classification of Diseases, released last June 18". In the USA, it's estimated to affect between three and six percent of adults.

She added: "It is a behavior that tends to be hidden as it's shameful and often sex addicts don't come forward".

In the document, "compulsive sexual behavior disorder" is characterized by "a persistent pattern of failure to control intense, repetitive sexual impulses or urges resulting in repetitive sexual behavior".

"Adding this to the World Health Organization list is an excellent step for patients, as it allows them to recognize that they are suffering with a problem", she said in a report by The Sun.

Voon said it may be treated alongside conditions such as depression and anxiety.

Symptoms of compulsive sexual behavior, according to WHO, include sex becoming the "central focus" of a person's life at the expense of other crucial issues, such as health, interests and responsibilities.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said people who suffer from the disorder for at least six months and experience substantial distress should be entitled to medical treatment. "This often negatively impacts on their lives and the wellbeing of partners and families".

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