While sex addiction has been a popular term used in the media, it is not formally recognized by the psychiatric community. It is considered an impulse control disorder and is often referred to as hypersexual disorder or compulsive sexual behavior. Dr. Daniel Bober has been a practicing psychiatrist for over 15 years and has been very successful in helping his patients manage a variety of serious conditions. He believes that patients struggling with compulsive behavior can benefit from the use of medications to regulate the emotions driving their actions. Dr. Bober is personally invested in the success of each of his patients and strives to provide the best professional care at his practice in Hollywood, FL.
Defining Compulsive Sexual Behavior
The proposed criteria for diagnosing compulsive sexual behavior in the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5®) was rejected due to a variety of reasons. However, a diagnostic definition has been submitted for review and is being considered for the International Classification of Diseases 11th Revision (ICD-11). The suggested definition is: Compulsive sexual behavior disorder is characterized by a persistent pattern of failure to control intense, repetitive sexual impulses or urges.
Similarly, in some current professional literature, it has been defined as problematic sexual behavior that is characterized by repetitive and intense preoccupations with sexual fantasies, urges, and behaviors that are distressing to the individual and/or result in psychosocial impairment. Based on ongoing research as of 2014, it is suggested that sexual addiction-related disorders range from 3 to 6 percent.
Proposed Diagnostic Criteria
The ICD-11 proposed diagnostic criteria include:
- Repetitive sexual activities have become a central focus of the person's life to the point of neglecting health and personal care or other interests, activities, or responsibilities
- Patient has made unsuccessful efforts to control or significantly reduce sexual behaviors
- Patient continues to engage in repetitive sexual behavior despite adverse consequences
- Patient continues to engage in repetitive sexual behavior even when the individual derives little or no satisfaction from it
In addition to meeting these criteria, the patient must also display this pattern of compulsive sexual behavior for a period of 12 months or longer. This behavior must also contribute to marked distress or significant impairment in personal, family, social, education, occupation, or other important areas of functioning.