Is sex addiction a medical condition?

Madeleine M. Castellanos, MD
Sex addiction isn't without controversy. Even though the term is commonly used in popular culture, the American Psychiatric Association doesn't currently recognize "sex addiction" as a condition, nor is it listed in their widely used clinical bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Still, most experts nonetheless agree that there are growing numbers of people who find themselves in the grip of compulsive sexual behaviors that feel as if they are beyond their control: behaviors that seriously damage their lives as well as those of their loved ones. Even if they disagree about the term "addiction," they understand this behavior can be very impulsive, and even compulsive in nature.

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