La Sex Addiction

Lucia Sideli

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[automatically translated] Sexual addiction includes a set of psychopathological condition characterized by intrusive sexual thoughts and fantasies associated with loss of control sexual behavior. A growing interest has been directed to this condition, yet not recognized by the official nosographic systems and described now as "sexual compulsiveness," now as "sexual impulsivity," now as "sex addiction." Affecting a percentage of between 3 and 6% of the general population, sexual addiction often leads to serious consequences of relational nature, occupational, economic and legal with a degree of disability variable. Several models have been proposed to explain the etiology of additives sexual behavior. It has demonstrated the effectiveness of integrated treatment programs that include drug therapy, individual and group psychotherapy. Further studies are needed to better define the diagnostic criteria, risk factors and assessment tools of sexual addiction.
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)147-158
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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