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A Name for Sex Addiction - Hyper-sexual Disorder

by Trilok Kapur on  February 24, 2010 at 11:30 AM Sexual Health News   - G J E 4
 A Name for Sex Addiction - Hyper-sexual Disorder
The travails of golfer Tiger Woods, which psychiatrists are examining, is commonly referred to as sex addiction, a controversial and often misunderstood condition that has most recently garnered news media attention.
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Sex addiction is not recognized by any official diagnosis in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), considered the definitive word on Tiger Woods, reports the Courier Mail.

However, the term 'hyper-sexual disorder' is being proposed for the fifth edition of DSM, due out in 2012.

The proposal is being put forward by Dr Martin Kafka, a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, in the US, who says the disorder has been neglected for years.

He says it causes everything from marital dysfunction and divorce to increased risk of unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.

To be diagnosed with the disorder a patient would have to meet four of the following five criteria:

Spending a "great deal of time" consumed by sexual fantasies and urges. Using sexual behavior to deal with stressful life events (or anxiety, depression, boredom or irritability).

Disregarding the "physical and emotional harm" to those involved.

Patients must have tried but failed to curb the behavior.

Patients must have suffered distress and harm to their everyday life.

However, the controversial proposal has critics worrying that the criteria are too vague, and the chances for misdiagnosis and bogus pharmaceutical treatment are too great.

Dr Paul Fedoroff, director of the Sexual Behaviours Clinic at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, is a critic of Kafka's hyper-sexuality criteria.

He questions whether sex in response to stress is unhealthy, and what is meant by "a great deal of time" consumed by sexual fantasies.

But Dr Dan Zucker, of the University of Toronto, who heads a working group dealing with the next edition of DSM, expects "hyper-sexuality disorder" to be listed.

He admits the proposal is controversial but says the issue is about where to draw the line on what is normal, and what is not.

Source: ANI
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My husband constantly dreams about talks about sex and encourages me to be with other people which I do not want to do. He dreams about watching me with other people and then proceeds to tell me about it EVERY morning which is a total turn off to me. I have gotten so frustrated that I have consented for him to cheat on me and the few times that I know about have caused me to resent him. I love him or I still would not be with him but I don't know how much more my nerves can take. He views me as being abnormal but I know other married couples do not focus on sex as much as he does. It is driving me crazy!
sjrose901 Friday, August 6, 2010
Who would have ever thought that this could be a problem? Certainly not me! I find myself so consumed with sexual desire that it has become my prison. I'm driving my wife crazy and it's causing a great amount of stress on our marriage. I need HELP!!!! This article has not been very much help except by verifying that my problem is real.
outlaw65 Saturday, July 31, 2010
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