‘Hypersexual disorder’ …a DSM-5 diagnosis???

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.

via ‘Hypersexual disorder’ might make DSM-5 – latimes.com.

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!

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2 Responses to ‘Hypersexual disorder’ …a DSM-5 diagnosis???

  1. Think it affects so many men, it might be considered normal. Certainly power and money are a risk factor.

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