Sex addiction is also referred to as hypersexual disorder. Someone with hypersexual disorder will typically have what’s considered an excessive amount of sex and often feel guilt or shame about it.

Diagnostic criteria for sex addiction were first proposed for the DSM-5 in 2010. The criteria for a sex addiction wasn’t ultimately added because there is debate among care providers as to how to diagnose the compulsive disorder. Generally, “sex addict” is the term used to refer to someone who seeks out sex and sexual acts compulsively despite negative consequences.

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