In a announcement marked by WHO. Sex addiction has been stated to be as a mental illness for the first time. The landmark move by the World Health Organisation could lead to treatment for compulsive sexual behaviour. Its inclusion on WHO’s International Classification of Diseases list comes a few weeks after gaming addiction was added.
WHO states that sex addiction is a form of mental illness as per psychology
As per Dr Valerie Booth, from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, two and four percent of the UK population suffer from sex addiction. She added that it is a behaviour that tends to be hidden as it’s shameful and often sex addicts don’t come forward.
WHO’s list mentions compulsive sexual behaviour disorder as a “persistent pattern of failure to control intense, repetitive sexual impulses or urges resulting in a repetitive sexual behaviour”.
Symptoms include sex becoming the “central focus” of the person’s life at the ignorance of health, personal care or interests and responsibilities. The behaviour should be clear for six months or more and later cause distress in individuals lives.