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Sex Addiction: Real Disease or Just Bad Behavior?

Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 08:24 AM

By John Bachman and Donna Scaglione


Sex addiction makes headlines every time a politician or celebrity is caught in a compromising position and blames it on the condition. The latest, of course, is New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. But is sex addiction really a disease like alcoholism? UCLA professor of psychiatry Dr. Gary Small discusses the nature of addiction with Newsmax Health.

Sex addiction did not make the cut in the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, often called the DSM-5 and the bible of mental health conditions. Regardless, hypersexuality — as Dr. Small calls it — is a problematic behavior that can damage people lives.