8 doctors weighed in:
Can you be addicted to sex ?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
It is possible. You should consult a psychiatrist to discuss this issue

In brief: Yes
It is possible. You should consult a psychiatrist to discuss this issue
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Doctors disagree
The american psychiatric association has been debating whether to include "sexual addiction" (as opposed to hypersexuality, sometimes from real brain disease) as an entity that physicians can diagnose.
Right now it's not. The politics of criminal defense, making excuses, and medicalizing all behavioral problems guarantees there will be no consensus.

In brief: Doctors disagree
The american psychiatric association has been debating whether to include "sexual addiction" (as opposed to hypersexuality, sometimes from real brain disease) as an entity that physicians can diagnose.
Right now it's not. The politics of criminal defense, making excuses, and medicalizing all behavioral problems guarantees there will be no consensus.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
2 doctors agree
In brief: I doubt it
There's no withdrawal syndrome, and exposure seldom results in compulsive seeking as with heroin, cocaine, or tobacco.
12step programs for sexual addiction" are still prescientific. If you find yourself unable to think about anything else, or running from one meaningless contact to another, you'll end up miserable. A ssri can help, or (best) finding more meaningful ways to love others.

In brief: I doubt it
There's no withdrawal syndrome, and exposure seldom results in compulsive seeking as with heroin, cocaine, or tobacco.
12step programs for sexual addiction" are still prescientific. If you find yourself unable to think about anything else, or running from one meaningless contact to another, you'll end up miserable. A ssri can help, or (best) finding more meaningful ways to love others.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Anthony Vertino
Clinical Psychology
In brief: Yes
There is some debate about "natural" human behaviors being addictive or addictions, but therapists look at the degree of disorder in ones life brought about by the behavior. Sex addicts spend more time seeking, pursuing, acting on, and thinking about sex than the average person.
It often interferes with their life and relationships.

In brief: Yes
There is some debate about "natural" human behaviors being addictive or addictions, but therapists look at the degree of disorder in ones life brought about by the behavior. Sex addicts spend more time seeking, pursuing, acting on, and thinking about sex than the average person.
It often interferes with their life and relationships.
Dr. Anthony Vertino
Dr. Anthony Vertino
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
In brief: Yes
Yes people have been diagnosed with sex addiction need support group and therapy.

In brief: Yes
Yes people have been diagnosed with sex addiction need support group and therapy.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown
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