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Hypersexual disorder in general practice

M M Campbell, D J Stein

Abstract


Hypersexual disorder is also termed compulsive sexual disorder, sexual addiction and non-paraphilic sexual disorder, reflecting different approaches to conceptualising its aetiology. Increased frequency of sexual behaviour alone does not indicate pathology. Research suggests that within the population with markedly increased frequency of sexual behaviour, there is a group in whom such behaviour leads to distress and impairment. Patients who experience increased frequency and intensity of sexual behaviour, with accompanying distress and impaired life functioning, may seek medical treatment.

 

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M M Campbell, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

D J Stein, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Keywords

Hypersexual; General practice

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South African Medical Journal 2014;104(6):448. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.8409

Article History

Date submitted: 2014-05-02
Date published: 2014-05-14

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