I'M not sure if I believe this condition exists or not!
It has suddenly become an "illness" which I find strange as it would have been around forever if it were an illness yet suddenly it has been given a name.
I think some people may use it as an excuse, however perhaps it DOES exist as an illness.
I believe it exists. When you consider the hormones that are released during sex, like dopamine which allows you to experience pleasure, it's a no-brainer. Just like eating, exercising, gambling, and the like, sex can become addictive.
I think we have seen how even the most promising of people, can have this problem.
It is very complex, ruins lives...and only the strong come out the
other side, with good help.
Good to see that he is doing o.k. :)
Yes. Gambling can become an addiction, and it involves less in the way of direct neuro-chemical activity than what occurs during sex. Having said that, "treatment" for disorders involving drug abuse and the like (where the body builds up a tolerance for foreign chemicals) is probably a lot more complex, because gambling, sex, and other related behavioural "addictions" are only dealing only with emotional and natural neurochemical imbalances, whereas the substance addictions involve both emotional and natural, as well as foreign chemicals. Depends how one looks at it, I guess.
Having said that - I agree with Sarah's comment. Behavioural addictions CAN be managed, if the person is motivated to do so, but they just might be a little more predisposed to addictive behaviour. If they are sincere about dealing with their addiction, and have supportive family and social circles, it doesn't need to be an insurmountable problem.
No I don't believe it. I just think it is another excuse for infidelity. More rubbish to explain away the bad behaviour of people. If these sex "addicts" really have a problem, I'll bet they never have the problem with the wife or husband/partner. Bet they are only addicted to sex with someone outside of their marriage/relationship. Bet they aren't so addicted that they go and pay for it at a brothel.
Its good thing. Everybody should love sex (unless if you are sick, have imbalanced hormones or somewhat ashamed of your own desire). There's nothing wrong wanting sex, its weird some people or culture find it unacceptable.
I had a friend once whose husband was constantly cheating and he said he was a sex addict. I don't think he got a definite diagnosis though. I know that it is possible to get addicted to just about anything. However, I don't believe in sex addiction. Poor self control I believe in. There is more to life than sex ALL the time.
I do believe there are people with sex addiction. I have met a few....I wonder about a link between sex addiction in some survivors of child sexual abuse. I wonder if wires are somehow crossed when abuse occurs at formative stages of developement.