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Thursday, October 17, 2013

DSM continued...

It is hoped and anticipated that the subsequent edition of the DSM will include sexual addiction as an official disorder. This will enable those working in the healing profession to first identify and facilitate treatment.

Another limitation is the paucity of research in the field of sexual addiction. Research has been primarily conducted with males and limited to those in treatment facilities. Although this information has been vitally important, the limited population leaves questions as to how many populations are being unidentified or misidentified.

Dr. Patrick Carnes, a pioneer in the field of sexual addiction, (whose links have been provided here) discovered that, after a ten-year study, and estimated 6 to 8 percent of males and 3 percent of females are sexually addicted. I believe the actual numbers, especially for the female population, to be much higher. This is not to discount the work of those who have provided vital statical information, but rather to question and challenge their conclusions their conclusion so that further investigation can be conducted.

No matter what the data suggest, it is important to remember that, for anyone suffering from sexual compulsive behaviors, both the etiology and its related manifestations are the same: shame and the resulting sexualized anger. The expression of the behaviors may afflicted person's wounding and the consequences of their actions are equally devastating.

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