Compulsive Sexual Behavior as an Impulse Control Disorder: Awaiting Field Studies Data
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This is a response to Gola and Potenza’s (2018) Letter to the Editor regarding Walton, Cantor, Bhullar, and Lykins’ (2017a, b) review of hypersexuality. In their Letter, Gola and Potenza referred to problematic hypersexuality as compulsive sexual behavior (CSB), although such behavior has also been variously described as hypersexual behavior, sexual impulsivity, sexual compulsivity, and sex addiction (Cantor et al., 2013; Kafka, 2010). Inherent to these varied theoretical conceptualizations exists the premise that some people experience their sexual behavior as recurrent, uncontrollable, and distressing.
Walton et al. (2017a, b) suggested that hypersexuality may be a distinct disorder for a nucleus of presentations, although the condition is likely to often indicate a heterogeneous psychosexual behavioral problem or clinical or subclinical symptom of an existing psychological disorder or medical condition. Further research is needed, however, as there is still a debate whether CSB can...
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