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MIDWEEK MINDSET: WHO recognises compulsive sexual behaviour as a mental health condition

Publication date: July 11, 2018 Author: Jenna Rachid

WHO recognises compulsive sexual behaviour as a mental health condition

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recognised compulsive sexual behaviour as a mental health condition.

Compulsive sexual behaviour is listed in new WHO’s ICD-11 as a mental health problem and is ‘characterised by a persistent pattern of failure to control intense, repetitive sexual impulses or urges resulting in repetitive sexual behaviour.’

While other news outlets are describing compulsive sexual behaviour as sex addiction, Business Insider reported, ‘there’s nothing in the new WHO language that suggests compulsions around sex.’

The news outlet also reported that there is debate among therapists and psychologists concerning sexual compulsion and its classification as an addiction. They also said there are arguments among professionals about whether an obsession with sex can be classed as an addiction.

According to the American Association of Sexual Educators, Counselors, and Therapists there is not ‘sufficient empirical evidence to support the classification of sex addiction or porn addiction as a mental health disorder.’

Sex therapist Jenner Bishop told Business Insider last year: ‘Real sex addiction has a characteristic of inner conflict and stress and helplessness.’

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Anxiety is preventing people from accessing essential services

Severe anxiety could be preventing people from accessing necessary services, a report has suggested.

According to the charity Money and Mental Health, people with severe anxiety are unable to face tasks such as making calls, opening mail and completing challenging online forms.

Money and Mental Health’s report said, 54% of people with mental health problems struggle using the phone for simple calls, compared to 32% of people without mental health struggles.

People face panic attacks and sometimes suicidal thoughts when dealing with companies such as banks and internet providers, the Mirror Online reports.

Martin Lewis, founder of the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute, told the mirror: ‘There are twelve million people with mental health problems in the UK.’

‘Yet while essential services will, rightly, adjust the way they work for those customers with a physical or sensory condition – such as brailled letters, ramps or speaking ATMs – there are few solutions offered for those with a mental health condition.’

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