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Sex Addiction: the Chicken-and-Egg Dilemma of Diagnosis

Berry, MD; (2013) Sex Addiction: the Chicken-and-Egg Dilemma of Diagnosis. Opticon1826 (15) 8 - 8. 10.5334/opt.bf. Green open access

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Abstract

In May 2013, the American Psychiatric Association will release the next version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). Interestingly, sex addiction, despite significant attention from mainstream media, will be omitted from the manual. This omission presents a challenge to clinicians who treat sex addiction, and researchers aiming to further our understanding of the issue. This commentary outlines some of the reasons sex addiction was not included in the DSM-V, including a ‘chicken-and-egg’ conundrum, which makes it difficult to generate research without a clear diagnosis, and difficult to establish a definitive diagnosis without a supportive body of research.

Type: Article
Title: Sex Addiction: the Chicken-and-Egg Dilemma of Diagnosis
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5334/opt.bf
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/opt.bf
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1469630
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