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Sex & Porn Addiction Aren’t Real Disorders, According to Science

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Bad news for self-identified sex addicts/Terry Crews: according the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), defining sex addiction as a mental disorder is just plain wrong.

In a position statement released to its members last week, AASECT cautioned against clinical diagnoses of sex addiction, declaring that there just isn’t isn’t enough scientific evidence to support the concept of sex and porn addiction as a mental health disorder. Pathologizing sex addiction has been controversial in the scientific community for years, with arguments on both sides of the equation, but AASECT’s statement only further underlies the point 

It’s important to note, however, that AASECT (and the rest of the scientific community) aren’t denying the existence of compulsive sexual behavior, nor are they saying the people who claim to suffer from it are somehow making it up. Rather, they’re railing specifically against its classification as a mental health disorder, arguing that to treat it as such without adequate empirical evidence would be a disservice to patients and their recovery efforts. What’s more, since the definition of “sex addiction” is so nebulous, there’s a whole cottage industry of so-called sex addiction therapists whose treatment methods can easily stray into the realm of sketchy pseudoscience.

The main takeaway is this: people’s daily sex addiction struggles are very real indeed, but their status as a legit mental disorder is decidedly less so.

Source

https://www.thrillist.com/sex-dating/nation/sex-porn-addiction-not-real-mental-health-disorders