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One in ten Americans distressed by their own compulsive sexual behaviour

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Sex addiction is a contentious issue, and just how many of us are distressed by our inability to control our urges has remained unclear. Now, US scientists have surveyed 2,325 randomly selected adults from 50 US states and found nearly one in ten have experienced distress and/or impairment associated with difficulty controlling sexual feelings, urges, and behaviors. The proportion was slightly higher in men at 10.3 per cent, while 7 per cent of women reported distress. Overall, 8.6 per cent of participants reported distress, a higher proportion than the researchers expected. Health care professionals should be aware of the high prevalence of this kind of distress in the population when dealing with patients, they add.

Journal/conference: JAMA Network Open

Organisation/s: University of Minnesota, USA

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