Sexual Addiction


Normal Versus Abnormal Sexual Behavior in Adolescents

December 31, 2019

Adolescents explore their sexuality. In most cases, this exploration is normative. At times, however, compulsive sexual behavior is developed and maintained.

Sex and Sexual Disorders: Special Report

August 05, 2016

Four clinical reports indicate that in the last 30 years, we have come a long way in the exploration and study of sex and sexual disorders.

Discussions About Public Figures: Clinician, Commentator, or Educator?

March 11, 2014

As psychiatrists, we have a potentially unique-and powerful-influence in the discussion of public figures. But what professional and ethical obligations should we follow in this role?

Treatment Options for "Sexting" Addiction?

July 30, 2013

We welcome your thoughts and insights about treatment approaches for patients whose sexual addiction takes the form of sexting.

Helping Victims of Sexual Assault and Rape

April 08, 2013

Because the aftermath of sexual violence can result in suicidal feelings, depression, PTSD, and other mental disorders, clinicians play an important role in treating both victims and perpetrators and helping to prevent further damage.

DSM-5 Is A Guide, Not A Bible-Simply Ignore Its 10 Worst Changes

December 05, 2012

The changes in the newly approved DSM-5 loosen diagnosis and threaten to turn our current diagnostic inflation into diagnostic hyperinflation.

Hypersexual Disorder: An Encounter With Don Juan in the Archives

June 19, 2012

Historical records reveal Don Juan syndrome was a recognized diagnosis that referred to forms of hypersexuality and sex addiction.

Sexual Minority Identity Development

December 16, 2011

Sexual identity development is a complex, multidimensional, and often fluid process. One must consider cognitive, social, emotional, cultural, and familial complexities among other aspects of the individual’s experience to contextualize a narrative concerning sexual identity development.

Hebephilia is a Crime, Not a Mental Disorder

December 16, 2011

The DSM-5 Web site has recently been revised-the term “Pedohebephilia” disappears altogether, but the concept of “Hebephilia” lives on...

Video: Sexual Desire and Its Deficiencies

November 22, 2011

Diminishing libido is a symptom of depression, but antidepressants do not always restore sexual interest. Loss of desire may be the cause of depression, not its consequence. Dr Levine explains the nature of sexual desire and its relationship to arousal including the various biogenic, psychogenic, interpersonal, and cultural factors that contribute to problems associated with sexual desire.