Nature or nurture …what is the cause of “bad behaviour”?
The growing prominence of sexual behavior problems has prompted psychiatrists to consider creating a new type of mental disorder — “hypersexual disorder” — characterized by excessive and risky sexual behavior. It’s being considered for inclusion in the next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, called DSM-5, due out in 2013.
As a mental health clinician, I believe that it would not hurt to include “hypersexual disorder in the DSM-5. There would be as in other diagnosis a criteria by which to diagnose this disorder and there would be recommendations as to treatment.
My concern is that this would become a “trash-can” diagnosis when all else fails and it actually might be an excuse for “bad behavior”.
Would this diagnosis help people like ‘Tiger’ or ‘Arnold’? Perhaps…
It remains to be seem!