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is sex addiction a really medical condition?

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Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Depends who you ask: If you are a victim, then its a crime. If you are a treating psychologist, it is a psychiatric condition. If you are a lawyer, it is a legal definition. In my opinion, it is real but rare. Just liking sex a lot, even really a lot is not enough to make the diagnosis.
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 18 years experience
Yes and no: yes - sex addiction had same neural pathways as other addictions which are characterized/defined as "brain diseases" therefore a medical condition. No - many professionals and lay persons don't recognize sex addiction as medical but rather a moral, emotional, behavioral and/or psychological problems that can be corrected. Sex Addiction is serious condition w/devastating far-reaching consequences.
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Sex Addiction?: Not everyone considers "sex addiction" a useful diagnosis, in the first place. Read Dr. Marty Klein's thoughtful perspective on it: http://www.martyklein.com/why-sexual-addiction-is-not-a-useful-diagnosis-and-why-it-matters/ Suggest consulting w/ a sex-positive therapist to understand concerns you may have about yourself (or other person) in relation to compulsive sexual behavior.

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