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latimes.com Sex addiction divides mental health experts Is extreme sexual acting out an obsessive-compulsive disorder, a sign of depression or just bad behavior? 'If we are looking at a disorder, it's not clear what that disorder is,' one expert says. By Shari Roan March 1, 2010 Tiger Woods, who recently admitted to multiple extramarital affairs, said he is receiving treatment. David Duchovny, who plays a sex-obsessed professor on the TV show "Californication," underwent rehab in 2008. Dr. Drew Pinsky has launched a reality series dealing with the subject. Sex addiction talk seems to be everywhere. But mental health experts are split on what underlies such behavior. The American Psychiatric Assn. has proposed that out-of-control sexual appetites be included as a diagnosis in the next edition of the psychiatrists' bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, to be published in 2013. Unlike compulsive gambling, which also is proposed for addition to the new DSM (to be called DSM-5), the proposed diagnosis -- hypersexual disorder -- stops short of categorizing the problem as an addiction, and for a reason. "If we are looking at a disorder, it's not clear what that disorder is," said Michael Miner, a professor of family medicine and community health at the University of Minnesota who advised the DSM-5 committee on sexual disorders. "There is not an agreed-upon name. The research is in its infancy." Patterns of extreme sexual acting out are described variously by therapists as an addiction, as a type of obsessive-compulsive disorder or as a symptom of another psychiatric illness, such as depression. The lines specialists draw between what is sexually normal or abnormal have long been in flux.
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