Brain activity of sex addicts similar to that of drug addicts

July 11, 2014 6:16 PM

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Brain activity of sex addicts similar to that of drug addicts

Sex addiction is a contentious condition – with many believing that it doesn’t exist. Characterized by an obsession with sexual thoughts, feelings and behaviors, the disorder has been wrought with controversy, recently having been rejected for inclusion in the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

But many experts claim that sex addiction is indeed real, and that there simply hasn’t been enough research conducted on the topic. Now, a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE aims to fill in that research gap, by imaging the brains of potential sex addicts and comparing them to brain images...

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