Ogden, UT (CBS Las Vegas) – According to a new study, hypersexual disorder is real and very much an addiction.
It is so real that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is considering adding it to its psychological disorders.
But before doing so, they need to agree on a definition.
A recent definition brought up by study researcher Rory Reid, an assistant professor and research psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, says that a person who simply has frequent sex would not be diagnosed with hypersexual disorder.
Reid added that a person whose sexual activities are excessive, frequently used to cope with stress, and interfere with their ability to function in daily life will meet the criteria for the disorder.
The researchers say they need this definition to hold up so health professionals can diagnose people who have the disorder from people who do not.
The researchers do not want to include common sexual behaviors such has having sex frequently or watching pornography into a disorder.
However, according to a report published in My Health News Daily earlier this year, it was found that watching pornography can lead to headaches.
“There are two types of primary headache associated with sexual activity,” Dr. Amy Gelfand, a neurologist at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine said after hearing about the case.
Researchers of this study, say that only people who report feeling out of control, and act on their sexual urges while disregarding the repercussions should be diagnosed with hypersexual disorder.
“They might consider the consequences momentarily, but somehow feel their need for sex is more important, and choose sex even in situation where such choices might cause significant problems or harm,” Reid went on to say.
According to a study from 2000 published in the American Medical Association last year, women who reported moderate to severe marital strain were almost 3 times more likely to need heart surgery, suffer heart attacks or die of heart disease than women without marital stress.
According to the study, medical professionals agreed with the researchers on 92 percent of the cases on who should be diagnosed with hypersexual disorder.
They found that the majority of people diagnosed with hypersexual disorder said masturbation and watching pornography were problematic.
The study also found that some patients lost their jobs because they could not refrain from participating in these activities at work.
Reid will argue with critics who say some may use this disorder as an excuse to be unfaithful to a partner.
“Having a disorder didn’t help them avoid consequences, such as divorce, but it is advantageous for them when they want to get help and change,” Reid said.
The researchers will send their study to the American Psychiatric Association to see if hypersexual disorder will be included in the next edition of DSM.
Further research will be needed to see if hypersexual disorder has the same effect on the brain as other addictions, such as drug addiction.