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Good news for Tiger Woods and the rest of his ilk. Sex addiction is on the verge of becoming a formally recognized psychiatric disorder. The American Psychiatric Association is currently in talks to include the "addiction" in the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, you know, the official guide that describes all your mental and emotional issues so that doctors can label you as such.
In light of recent celebrity scandals, sex addiction has gotten an awful lot of media attention lately and spurred much debate in the medical community. It will be interesting to see if the addiction (which is categorized by relentless sexual urges outside of one's control) makes it into the manual, or if it's just received by the APA as a trendy weakness. Even more interesting: the myriad of medications, therapies and other treatments that could emerge if it does make the cut. Perhaps the only business bigger than sex itself is the pharmaceutical desire to curb, enhance or otherwise alter it?