The Dangers of Behavioral Addictions

When most people hear the word addiction they probably think of drug or alcohol use. In fact, many types of addiction are behaviorally driven. Behavioral addictions form in the same ways as do substance addictions and they carry with them many of the same dangers. Behavioral addicts engage in an activity until and beyond the…

Sexual Addiction

A sex addict is someone who continues to engage in sexual behaviors, even when they have physical, career, legal or emotional consequences. For some sex addicts, the sexual behaviors consume time, energy or focus that was traditionally used for other things such as work or family. For sex addicts, the sexual behavior runs counter to…

Should Sexual Addiction Be in the DSM V?

By Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S What do you think? Just as concrete and predictable diagnostic criteria help medical professionals determine whether your burning stomach pain is a case of chili-induced heartburn or appendicitis, so do categories of well-researched mental health symptoms provide the scientific underpinning for the identification of psychiatric and emotional disorders. New mental…