WHO declares sex addiction as a mental health disorder

An inability to control sexual urges leads to people neglecting their health. Sufferers do this despite often deriving no pleasure from being intimate Patients must suffer from the disorder for six months and experience distress

WHO declares sex addiction as a mental health disorder

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared sex addiction is a mental-health disorder.

Known as compulsive sexual behaviour disorder, it is defined as an inability to control intense sexual urges leading to people neglecting their health despite often deriving no pleasure from being intimate, according to a report issued by the WHO.

Patients must suffer from the disorder for at least six months, and experience substantial distress as a result of their addiction, before being diagnosed, the report adds.

Sex addiction is seen as ‘shameful’

According to Dr Valerie Voon, from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, between two and four per cent of people in the UK suffer from sex addiction. Three-to-six per cent are thought to have the condition in the US.

She told The Sun, “It is a behaviour that tends to be hidden as it’s shameful and often sex addicts don’t come forward.”

“Adding this to the WHO list is an excellent step for patients as it allows them to recognise that they are suffering with a problem.”

“It takes it out of the shadows and they are able to seek help for it.”

What is sex addiction?

In July 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared sex addiction is a mental-health disorder.

Yet many experts disagree about whether this is an actual diagnosis.

According to the relationship counselling service Relate, sex addiction is any intimate activity that feels ‘out of control’.

This could be sex with a partner, masturbation, pornography use, visiting prostitutes or using chat lines.

In some cases, people feel unable to control their urges, which affects their quality of life and those around them.

According to the WHO, compulsive sexual behaviour disorder is defined as an inability to control intense sexual urges leading to people neglecting their health despite often deriving no pleasure from being intimate.

Patients must suffer from the disorder for at least six months, and experience substantial distress as a result of their addiction, before being diagnosed, the WHO adds.

Source: NHS Choices

Source: Daily Mail