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George, Manju and Maheshwari, Shreemit and Chandran, Suhas and Rao, Suman S and Shivanand, Manohar J and Sathyanarayana Rao, T S (2018) Psychosocial intervention for sexual addiction. Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 60, (Suppl 4), S510-S513.

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Addiction is the term employed not only for excess consumption of substances, but also for problem behaviours like eating disorders, pathological gambling, computer addiction and pathological preoccupation with video games and sexual acts. No clear diagnostic criterion has been established with validity for behavioral addictions. Sexual addiction, including addiction to pornography is not included as a separate entity because of a lack of strong empirical evidence in this area. Different scales can be used for assessment of sexual addiction. Since there is an absence of established diagnostic criteria, the significance of validity of these scales is doubted. Several of the questions in these scales do not yield information about whether the diagnostic criteria are met or not. Pharmacotherapy, together with psychotherapy proves to have a better outcome in such patients as it helps to synthesize the role of developmental antecedents, reduce current anxiety, depression, guilt and to improve social adjustment.

Item Type
Publication Type
International, Open Access, Article
Drug Type
Behavioural addiction
Intervention Type
Treatment method, Psychosocial treatment method
February 2018
Page Range
Suppl 4

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