Is S*x Addiction Real? Science Says the Verdict Is Still Out

Sex addiction is one of those things that doesn't easily roll off the tongue. Like people being addicted to food, it kind of feels like a typical human quality. Food is good. Sex is good. Sometimes we just want it. Some more than others. What's the big deal? Well, the word 'addiction' is associated with some pretty scary stuff. So, can people REALLY be addicted to sex? Can people really be addicted to sex? The field of psychology has yet to confirm it, and it was even rejected from the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders for inclusion. Even more, a new Swedish study that was recently published has left researchers still up in the air over it. The study focused on 106 men, 67 of them having been diagnosed with hypersexual disorder, and the other 39 considered to be "healthy." The latter served as the experiment's control. The researchers of the study wanted to link this disorder with stress levels, so the participants were requested to ingest an immune depressing drug called dexamethasone the night prior to taking a stress test in order to ease the ability for the team behind the study to screen for levels of cortisol and Adrenocorticotropic — both stress hormones.
The debate over whether sex addiction is a real thing or not.
What the study found was that those diagnosed with hypersexual disorder actually had higher levels of stress than the control group. But, in addition to stress levels, other health issues arose, including depression and childhood trauma. This left researchers up in the air as to whether this so called sex addiction is simply a symptom of deeper issues that manifest themselves during sexual encounters. One professor of the study said, "Aberrant stress regulation has previously been observed in depressed and suicidal patients as well as in substance abusers. In recent years, the focus has been on whether childhood trauma can lead to a dysregulation of the body's stress systems via so-called epigenetic mechanisms, in other words how their psychosocial environments can influence the genes that control these systems." The study discovered that perhaps psychotherapy would be the best option for someone experiencing  hypersexual disorder. What are your thoughts on sex addiction? Source: Bustle [caption id="attachment_116723" align="alignleft" width="100"]Instagram Code @BodyRockOfficial[/caption]         [caption id="attachment_116753" align="alignleft" width="100"]@BodyRockTV @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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