When someone is caught cheating, violating the trust of their relationship, we come up with psychological terms such as sex addiction. It's not disrespect, dishonor, or labeled bad. It's not infidelity-it's addiction ask Tiger Woods or Charlie Sheen. An estimated 12 million people suffer from some form of sex addiction according to psychologists. The American Psychiatric Association first diagnosed sex addiction in 1987. So I ask you sex addiction, is this a load of b.s.? What happened to being labels: loose, promiscuous, hound dog or man that will sleep with anyone?Is this a true disease?
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There are character flaws and there are illnesses.
Not everyone has that mental switch that says; "That's enough." whether it be food, alcohol, drugs, or sex.
When they don't have it that's all they're thinking about. Clearly for these people there is something mentally off.
"An addictive behavior is a behavior which is both rewarding and reinforcing. It may involve any activity, substance, object, or behavior (that becomes the major focus of a person's life..)"
As per that definition almost anything could apply.
Exactly. There seems to be a blurred line between an illness and an excuse. At this rate people will be certifiable gold-diggers and gossips.
Motherbynature, Are you saying you don't believe there's such a thing as "addictive behavior"? What about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
Do you believe there is any (behavior) that could have mental triggers making it addictive for some people?
Yes I do believe there are addictive behaviors and I believe that almost anything can become an addiction. What I don't buy is that once a medical diagnosis is attached to something a person can simply claim they can't help it.
I agree "Self-diagnosis" is oftentimes a convenient excuse for (most) people. However I have to admit there are some people who really do have "addictive behavior" that requires help for them to overcome. This may range from kleptomania to sex.