No, the World Health Organization did not list 'sex addiction' as an official disorder — here's what's 'compulsive sexual behavior disorder' really is

Business Insider | 7/10/2018 | Hilary Brueck
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The World Health Organization released an updated listing of roughly 55,000 injuries, diseases, and causes of death this summer, after more than a decade of revisions to the International Classification of Diseases.

The new ICD-11 lists "Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder" as an impulse-control disorder.

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But that's not the same as an addiction, and the WHO says more research is needed to determine whether the problem qualifies for that standard.

You could be forgiven for thinking that the World Health Organization (WHO) now lists sex addiction as a treatable mental-health condition.

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After the WHO put up its most recent update of an International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) online, the fiery headlines started rolling in:

"Sex addiction now a mental illness," read one. "Sex addiction IS a mental health disorder," another said.

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Actually, no. There's nothing in the new WHO language that suggests compulsions around sex are now classified as "sex addiction."

There are other addictions that the WHO does recognize, including gambling, substance abuse problems, and the recently added gaming disorder.

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As for sex, the latest edition of the ICD-11 includes Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder, a new condition that was not listed in the ICD-10. The manual says this compulsion is "characterized by a persistent pattern of failure to control intense, repetitive sexual impulses or urges resulting in repetitive sexual behaviour."

Some of the symptoms someone might be having trouble with this kind of sex compulsion, according to the WHO, may include:

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Repetitive sexual activities becoming a central focus of the person's life, to the point of neglecting health and personal care or other interests, activities and responsibilities.

Numerous unsuccessful efforts to significantly reduce repetitive sexual behavior.

Behavior - Consequences - Satisfaction

Continued repetitive sexual behavior, despite adverse consequences or deriving little or no satisfaction from it.

That's a potentially life-crippling problem, but it may not work the same way that addictions do, and more research is needed.

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