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It’s a controversy we’ve seen rage on for decades and a question people ask our staff members at Begin Again Institute all the time: Is sex addiction real? This never-ending debate could finally be put to rest as a new study released this month finds that sex addiction is indeed very real. This talked-about study also outlines easy ways to identify addicts suffering from sex addiction. Researchers like Rory Reid of the University of California, Los Angeles have struggled for years to define what ‘sex addiction’ actually is. Formally known as hypersexual disorder, sex addiction has been nearly impossible for professionals to truly define. Reid, an assistant professor, and research psychologist believes his new study might have finally demystified this crippling addiction that millions suffer from. Under one new proposed definition, a person who simply has frequent sex would not be diagnosed with sex addiction. But a person with an excessive sex life who uses sex to cope with stress and whose sexual activities interfere with their ability to function in their daily life might be diagnosed as sex addicts. Researchers emphasized that this new study is not trying to turn common behaviors such as watching pornography or having lots of sex into disorders. The difference is that people with hypersexual disorder report feeling out of control and act on their sexual urges with no thought to the repercussions. ‘They might consider the consequences momentarily, but somehow feel their need for sex is more important, and choose sex even in situations where such choices might cause significant problems or harm, such as job loss, relationship problems or financial difficulties,’ Reid said in an interview with the website MyHealthNewsDaily. The study defined hypersexual disorder as ‘recurrent and intense sexual fantasies, sexual urges, and sexual behavior,’ lasting at least six months. According to the Dail Mail, to be “diagnosed with the disorder, these sexual fantasies, urges, and behaviors cause the patient distress or interfere with some aspect of the patient’s life, such as the patient’s job or social life. They must not be brought on by drugs or alcohol, or another mental disorder.” The UCLA researchers came to the conclusions after interviewing more than 200 people who had been referred to a mental health clinic, without knowing the reasons for their referral. 150 of them were believed to have sexual problems while the other suffered from other problems like substance abuse. Using the study’s definition, 134 of the 200 referred for sexual problems were diagnosed with hyperseuxal disorder. The majority diagnosed with hypersexual disorder admitted that pornography and masturbation were problematic. Hopefully, this study brings sex addiction out of the closet and finally puts the debates to rest. By not talking about sex addiction, we are contributing to the very secretive nature and shame which helps this addiction fester and grow. Sex addicts, instead, deserve our support and understanding. At our offices, see the effects of this disease every day and that for our patients, regardless of how we choose to define, sex addiction is very real. SOURCE:

  • Category: Sex Addiction
  • By Development Account
  • November 2, 2012

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