What was once considered as an excuse for promiscuousness is now being discussed by experts as a psychiatric disorder.
Sex addiction is about to be included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) as a genuine mental disorder.
Although the problem has been accepted as a real mental health issue in America, the National Health Service in Britain does not recognize it as such as yet. Gambling has been treated as an addiction and has been formally considered as a mental illness in Britain. Now, an initial project for sex addiction treatment has been launched in the country.
The Priory chain of clinics reports that its regimen includes patients working on themselves for eight or nine hours a day 'in group therapy, in individual sessions with their psychiatrists and with a wide range of trained therapists.'
Clinics in the US treat sexual addiction, sexual anorexia, relationship addiction and sexual trauma. In Australia too, as in the US, sex addiction cases are on the increase. Experts feel it could trigger off intense business activity as drug companies re-package anti-depressants and sex-drive-suppressants.
The addiction has become a popular problem because of celebrities like Tiger Woods and Russell Brand.