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Is SEXOMANIA a real disease?

By on December 31, 2009

Sexo-mania or sexual addiction refers to a condition in which a person shows hyper or excessive interest in sexual behavior. It is an almost compulsive behavior over which the person has no real control over his or her emotions and feelings at the period of time.

However, there is widespread conflict in the medical community over the fact of the existence of this condition. There are two divergent schools of thought about it, one of which believes in the existence of this disease, while the other calls it as a myth with no real evidence of its existence.

The recent sexual indiscretions of the famed golfer Tiger Woods have once again heightened the debate on sexo-mania, whether it is a disease or a myth. Those who believe in the existence of this addiction as a disease liken to an obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). However, the detractors of this theory claim that sexual addiction is a myth, with no scientific basis to it at all. It is not a natural disease, but a behavioral problem that arises from social, cultural and other experiences of an individual.

There is no consensus among the sex experts on this controversial subject. As far as the official status of sexo-mania is concerned, the American Psychiatric Association has till now not given recognition to sexual addiction as a diagnosis in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

In any case, there are a large number of sexologists, professional therapists and counselors who offer a variety of treatments and therapies to control sexual addiction. Additionally, there are some self-help groups in existence, such as Sex Addicts Anonymous as well as another organization called the Sexual Compulsives Anonymous that try to address the problem of obsessive sexual behavior in some people.

There are also numerous online support groups on the Internet that provide a platform for people who are troubled with their sexual compulsiveness and seek to address the problem scientifically.