Even as hundreds of thousands of people get treated for sexual addiction, a new study conducted by researchers at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has suggested that it is not a real disorder.
The researchers conducted their study on a group of 39 men and 13 women who were struggling to restrict their viewing of sexual images and analyzed their brains as they showed them sexy images. The researchers did not find any evidence of increased brain response to visual sexual stimuli and suggested that high libido could be the reason for their hyper sexuality.
"If they indeed suffer from hyper sexuality, or sexual addiction, their brain response to visual sexual stimuli could be expected to be higher, in much the same way that the brains of cocaine addicts have been shown to react to images of the drug in other studies", the researchers wrote in their report.
The study has been published in the journal Socioaffective Neuroscience and Psychology.