Is 'Sex Addiction' Real? Some Experts Say So

Proposed criteria focus on behaviors so uncontrolled they are causing real harm

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Reid said that getting the new criteria into the DSM-5 would "put everyone on the same page" when it comes to diagnosing these sexual problems. He added that it would also provide well-structured criteria on which outcome studies could be based.

However, Reid doesn't believe the criteria will make it into the main section of the next edition of the DSM. "They've already made a decision that if this disorder is included in the DSM-5, it will not be in the front pages but as an appendix item -- which means more research is needed. It won't show up as a full-blown psychiatric dysfunction [in the new edition]," he said.

More information

There's more on sexual health at the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

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