Sex addiction is officially a mental illness

Henrietta Strickland
July 12, 2018

Actor David Duchovny, who was married to actress Téa Leoni, sought treatment for his addiction after he cheated on Leoni and actress Lindsay Lohan also admitted to being a "crazy sex addict".

Sex addiction has been recognised as a mental illness by the World Health Organisation, and people sufffering could get treatment on the NHS.

"It takes it out of morality, it takes it out of religion, it just makes it about, 'Does this person have this set of issues that's affecting their lives?' And either they do, or they don't, '" said Robert Weiss, an addiction specialist and the author of "SEX Addiction 101" and "Always Turned On".

Carol Juergensen Sheets, a certified sexual addictions therapist, said in sex addiction people want to fix the problem and are unable.

This new announcement follows the director of WHO, Dr. Shekhar Saxena's, previous declaration that compulsive video-game playing is also a disorder based on scientific evidence and that it could also tear families apart. It has been included on the same list as sex addiction. They continue the same pattern even when they derive no pleasure out of it.

Dr Valerie Voon, a neuropsychiatrist at the University of Cambridge, described the decision to classify sex addiction as a mental illness as "an excellent step".

Therapists hope that could change.

Further, the cost of treatment can serve as a deterrent, especially considering that most health insurance companies will not cover therapy.

Comedian and actor Russel Brand made headlines when he entered rehabilitation for his sex addiction.

Therapists note that sex addicts and sex offenders are different categories. She said she doesn't see that in sex offenders. The problem is that, until now, the stigma surrounding sex addiction has prevented many from actively seeking help.

"I never saw any indication, I never heard any indication that they ever wanted to stop", USA Today quoted Sheets as saying about high-profile people accused of sexual assault.

Most sex addicts, Magness said, are ordinary people. The ICD is WHO's tool for diagnosing, managing and treating various physical and mental disorders.

With proper diagnoses comes effective treatment options.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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