Fact or Fiction: Sex Addiction
Posted on June 05 2018
Have you ever wondered if you or your partner has a sex addiction? Well as of right now the answer is that it’s not possible! From Psychology Today to Dr Phil, Doctors say sex addiction isn’t a real medical condition.
The word addiction is a defined medical condition, in fact it has a very very long one – found here on the American Society of Addiction Medicine website. But the short of it is whatever we’ve come accustomed to calling sex addition doesn’t qualify.
Addictive feelings provide a shortcut to the brain’s reward system by flooding the nucleus accumbent with dopamine. The hippocampus lays down memories of this rapid sense of satisfaction, and the amygdala creates a conditioned response to certain stimuli.
There are several things that make us feel good; Eating, drinking, and even sexual pleasures have a feel-good effect on the body and brain for most people. However, it really is dopamine giving us this joy, a chemical released in the brain that makes us feel good. Every time we do something that makes us feel good our brain releases a drop of dopamine which makes us happy and it is the dopamine that we become addicted to. Sexual activity releases dopamine into the brain and that’s what can make sex seem so addictive.
With all that being said I think I could get addicted to her
Although a lot of divorce cases are built around sexual addiction, courts follow the recommendation of medical experts which at this point in time is still not officially recognized.
Do not get us wrong, we believe people can make bad life choices that are dictated and driven by an inside force compelling them to act out on urges based on uncontrollable desires.
What Doctors could diagnose sex addiction as would be Hypersexual Disorder. Hypersexual Disorder is characterized by repetitively engaging in sexual fantasies, urges, or behaviors in response to stressful life events, boredom, depression, or irritability. It is not caused by an outside substance; i.e. drugs or alcohol and is also characterized by frequent but unsuccessful attempts to control or reduce these fantasies. Though rejected by the American Psychiatric Association for inclusion in the DSM-5 the disorder has become widely recognized by mental health experts across the world.
So there you have it, unofficially accepted Hypersexual Disorder more commonly known and wrongly interpreted as sex addiction – is a recognized problem that has no official backing by any ruling organization thus no legal defense. Just because the term of sex addiction is wrongfully used doesn’t mean there isn’t a problem to be addressed, here is a good article on that topic called How Do We Treat Sex Addiction if It Isn’t Real? From www.melmagazine.com, start there and talk to a doctor and/or your partner if need be.