It came to my attention recently that the DSM-5, did not recognize sex addiction as an official mental illness or disease, but as a disorder.
For those of you who are not familiar with the book, it has been around since 1954. The DSM is used as a psychiatric bible if you will, for defining particular criteria for diagnosing and classifying numerous mental disorders and illnesses including drug addiction, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder, schizophrenia, and many more. It is widely used in the Unites States among mental health professionals, and other various places around the world. Not only do psychiatrists/psychologists and licensed therapists use this manual, but also policy makers and insurance companies as well as other health-related fields as they rely on it to guide them through the many facets of mental illness.
I found it quite baffling that the DSM-5 had only gone through only one slight text revision in the year 2000, for the last twenty years. What is even more astonishing is that sex addiction is listed under Section III as a condition called Hypersexual Disorder that “requires further research” along with Internet Disorder. This makes me question what in the hell mental health care professionals have been doing during the past twenty years or more, as if there has has not been enough time to conduct any research on people with this “disorder”, commonly known as sex addiction.
It’s a condition rather than a disease or illness? What does that mean exactly? To put it simply, nobody will have an official diagnosis with treatment suggestions until it is recognized as a legitimate illness. It is currently treated much like drug addiction as many people may have seen on the popular VH1 show, “Sex Addiction with Dr. Drew” and on LOGOTV’s show, “Bad Sex.”
If you are concerned that you or someone you know may be suffering from sexual addiction, below are some common signs that a person may need to seek help right away from a licensed mental health care professional.
Symptoms of Sexual Addiction/Hypersexual Disorder:
Frequently engaging in more sex and with more partners than intended.
Being preoccupied with or persistently craving sex; wanting to cut down and unsuccessfully attempting to limit sexual activity.
Thinking of sex to the detriment of other activities or continually engaging in excessive sexual practices despite a desire to stop.
Spending considerable time in activities related to sex, such as cruising for partners or spending hours online visiting pornographic Websites.
Neglecting obligations such as work, school or family in pursuit of sex.
Continually engaging in the sexual behavior despite negative consequences, such as broken relationships or potential health risks.
Escalating scope or frequency of sexual activity to achieve the desired effect, such as more frequent visits to prostitutes or more sex partners.
Feeling irritable when unable to engage in the desired behavior.
Although at CondomDepot TV we encourage you to have sex (safer-sex), and lots of it as it is a healthy and enriching part of being a human, please do so with caution, and always protect yourself and others by wearing a condom. If you feel that sex is affecting other areas of your life negatively, particularly your relationships, work, school, or health to the point of it invading and taking over much like a drug addiction can, please seek help as your life, health and happiness depend on you taking good care of yourself; mentally, physically, and sexually.
Many communities have meetings to help those affected by sexual addiction, but we strongly suggest you also seek professional help so you can live a long, healthy, and fulfilling life.
Below is a list of organizations – “S” programs or “S” fellowships, that help with sexual addiction recovery and obtaining sexual sobriety:
- Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous(S.L.A.A)
- Sex Addicts Anonymous(SAA)
- Sexaholics Anonymous (SA)
- Sexual Compulsives Anonymous (SCA)
[Source – Psych Central / The Daily Beast]