What is sex addiction?
Sex addiction is a condition where someone has an intense and compulsive urge to engage in sexual behavior that can negatively impact their life. This includes experiencing negative consequences such as relationship problems, difficulties at work, and feelings of guilt or shame.
Is sex addiction a mental illness?
Sex addiction is not currently recognized as a mental illness in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which is the standard reference used by mental health professionals. However, some experts believe that it could be classified as an impulse control disorder, and further research is needed to better understand the condition.
What are the signs and symptoms of sex addiction?
Signs and symptoms of sex addiction can vary, but common ones include a preoccupation with sex, engaging in sexual activities despite negative consequences, and using sex as a coping mechanism. People with sex addiction may also experience anxiety or depression when they are not engaging in sexual behavior.