Compulsive sexual behavior is a mental disorder

Compulsive sexual behavior recognized as a mental disorder

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Geneva - The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized "compulsive sexual behavior" as a mental disorder and included it in its catalog of diseases. However, the Geneva-based organization did not classify “sex addiction” as addiction on a par with gambling or drug abuse. "We have the feeling that the evidence is not yet available that the course corresponds to that of alcohol or heroin," said WHO expert Geoffrey Reed.

In the latest update of its International Classification of Diseases (ICD), the WHO moves in the direction of legitimizing the concept of hypersexuality, often referred to as "sex addiction", as a mental illness. There are people who feel they cannot control their sexual behavior and suffer as a result, Reed said.

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The term “sex addiction” has appeared in public in parallel to the #MeToo movement, in the course of which people around the world reported about their experiences of sexual abuse. The movement has brought down numerous powerful men, including former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who was reportedly under treatment for months of alleged sex addiction.

However, WHO expert Reed does not believe that the inclusion of compulsive sexual behavior in the classification system can be used as an excuse for criminal behavior. "It does not excuse sexual abuse or rape." In such cases, a decision is made to act criminally. © afp / aerzteblatt.de