6 doctors weighed in:
Is sex addiction a really medical condition?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Rick Barnett
Dr. Rick Barnett
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Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Michael Sinclair
Dr. Michael Sinclair
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Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Dr. Ana Adelstein
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