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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 510-513

Psychosocial intervention for sexual addiction


1 Department of Psychiatry, J.S.S Medical College and Hospital, J.S.S University, Mysore, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Vydehi Institue of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Bengaluru, India
3 Department of Psychiatry, J.S.S Medical College and Hospital, J.S.S University, Mysore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
T S Sathyanarayana Rao
Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry, J.S.S Medical College and Hospital, J.S.S University, Mysore, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_38_18

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Addiction is the term employed not only for excess consumption of substances, but also for problem behaviours like eating disorders, pathological gambling, computer addiction and pathological preoccupation with video games and sexual acts. No clear diagnostic criterion has been established with validity for behavioral addictions. Sexual addiction, including addiction to pornography is not included as a separate entity because of a lack of strong empirical evidence in this area. Different scales can be used for assessment of sexual addiction. Since there is an absence of established diagnostic criteria, the significance of validity of these scales is doubted. Several of the questions in these scales do not yield information about whether the diagnostic criteria are met or not. Pharmacotherapy, together with psychotherapy proves to have a better outcome in such patients as it helps to synthesize the role of developmental antecedents, reduce current anxiety, depression, guilt and to improve social adjustment.



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