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USA Today | Is sex addiction real? Maybe not, therapists say

Claiming a sex addiction may be a go-to for misbehaving celebrities and politicians, but from a science perspective there isn't enough study to prove sex addiction is real, according to a professional organization of sex educators and therapists.

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Bustle | Is Sex Addiction Real? No, Says A Leading Body Of Sex Experts

When you think about sex addiction, you probably imagine a scene from Shame with a brutally chiseled Michael Fassbender or maybe the latest actor or politician brought down by a sex scandal. But there's been a big change to how we think about sex addiction.

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Vocative | Sex Addiction Isn’t Real, Say Sex Experts

The leading national body of sex experts and therapists has come out with a position on one of the most controversial questions in its field. Its conclusion? Sex and porn addiction aren’t a real thing.

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Playboy | Expert Sex Therapists Have Stopped Labeling Sex Addiction as a Disorder. Here’s Why

2016 may go down in history as the year of the celebrity sex scandal. It seemed every other week another public figure was caught in the tabloids for rumored bad behavior—whether it be for alleged serial cheating (Jay Z), sexting strangers (Anthony Weiner), being a womanizer (Donald Trump) or partying with too many women (too many to name).

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The Cut | Experts: Sex and Porn Addiction Probably Aren’t Real Mental Disorders

It isn’t just Anthony Weiner: There is a big, noisy conversation going on about sex and porn addiction, as a couple quick Google searches will readily reveal. Naturally, that conversation has brought with it a growing market for counselors and even clinics specifically oriented toward treating these problems.

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Thrillist | Your Sex & Porn Addiction Probably Isn't a Real Disorder

Bad news for self-identified sex addicts/Terry Crews: according the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), defining sex addiction as a mental disorder is just plain wrong.

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Esquire | Are Sex Addiction and Porn Addiction Really a Hoax?

Sex addict is a buzzy phrase to throw at disgraced public figures, especially in tabloids, especially with Anthony Weiner. Porn addiction sounds dirty and shameful, and if Pamela Anderson is worried about it, isn't it worth considering? (No.) But for all the references to sex and porn addiction in politics, movies, and more, there isn't much empirical evidence about the condition.

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The Frisky | Is sex addiction real? Experts aim to finally give us an answer

Calling someone’s seemingly compulsive sexual behavior, like Anthony Weiner’s sexting, an “addiction” isn’t as simple as it sounds. In fact, certain pockets of sexual researchers, therapists, and educators have long been in disagreement about whether porn addiction or sex addiction is an actual disorder.

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Medical Daily | Sex And Porn Addiction: Evidence Lacking To Call Disorders 'Mental Health Conditions,' But They Still Cause Harm

Sex and porn addiction remain a hot topic for tabloids, but the scientific community is torn on whether these compulsive behaviors can actually be classified as true mental health disorders.

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News.Mic | Sex and porn addiction may not be a legitimate illness, scientists say

When politician Anthony Weiner was caught sending lewd text messages to young women, for the third time — in this instance a teenage girl — plenty of people were eager to chalk up his misdeeds to addiction. After all, the congressman was putting not only his reputation on the line but his marriage to Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's top aide, by sending the sexually explicit messages. Maybe he couldn't help himself.

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Volonté | Sex Addiction Doesn’t Exist. Science.

Founded in 1967, the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) has released a historic statement asserting that it: 1) Does not find sufficient empirical evidence to support the classification of sex addiction or porn addiction as a mental health disorder and 2) Does not find the sexual addiction training, treatment methods and educational teaching methods to be adequately informed by accurate human sexuality knowledge.

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Alternet | No, Sex Addiction Doesn't Exist: Here's What It Really Is

Have you ever thought that you or someone you know may be addicted to sex? Maybe it's because you or they watch too much pornography ("too much" according to whom?) or you or they seem to have problems saying no to an offer of sex when it comes along, even from strangers (slut-shaming anyone?).

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iTech Post | Sex Addiction: Intense Sexual Desire No Longer A Mental Disorder

Recent reports claim that sex addiction is no longer considered a mental disorder. In the past years, various therapies have been made available for those who cannot stop their sexual urges, but even the psychologists who conduct the treatment claim that sex addiction is not real.

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