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What is the definition or description of: sex addiction?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
See below: Sexual addiction (sometimes called sex addiction) is a conceptual model divised in order to provide a scientific explanation for sexual urges, behaviors, or thoughts that appear extreme in frequency or feel out of one's control—in terms of being a literal addiction to sexual activity. This phenomenon is not newly described in the literature, but it has been described by many different terms.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Sex Addiction: Sexual urges, behaviors or thoughts that appear extreme in frequency or feel out of one's control. There's a pattern of recurrent failure to resist impulses to engage in acts of sex, persistent desire or unsuccessful effort to stop or control those behaviors, & continuation of the behavior despite knowledge of having social, academic, financial, psychological or physical problems caused by the beh.

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