Is Excessive Sexual Behaviour an Addictive Disorder?

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PUBLISHED

2017 in The Lancet, Vol. 4(9), pp. 663-664

KEY FINDINGS
  • In this review article, leading researchers conclude that the classification of compulsive sexual behaviour disorder as an addictive disorder is consistent with recent data.
ABSTRACT
Research into the neurobiology of compulsive sexual behaviour disorder has generated findings relating to attentional biases, incentive salience attributions, and brain-based cue reactivity that suggest substantial similarities with addictions. Compulsive sexual behaviour disorder is being proposed as an impulse-control disorder in ICD-11, consistent with a proposed view that craving, continued engagement despite adverse consequences, compulsive engagement, and diminished control represent core features of impulse-control... READ FULL ABSTRACT
EXCERPTS
  • "We believe that classification of compulsive sexual behaviour disorder as an addictive disorder is consistent with recent data and might benefit clinicians, researchers, and individuals suffering from and personally affected by this disorder."
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