Sexual addiction should be classified alongside gambling addiction and other behavioral addictions, according to a new study published in the journal Comprehensive Psychiatry. These results could help the disorder gain the official recognition it is currently lacking.
The new study, led by Dr. Joseph M. Farré of the Hospital Universitari Quirón-Dexeus in Barcelona, Spain, compared the personality and mental illness characteristics of patients with sexual addiction to those with gambling addiction. The research compared the two clinical groups and a group of healthy controls by using the Diagnostic Questionnaire for Pathological Gambling, the Symptoms Checklist-90 Items-Revised (SCL-90) and the Temperament and Character Inventory-Revised (TCI-R). The study also gathered data on each subject’s socio-demographic characteristics.