Great question. I wouldn't have believed it until I lived with it. Yes, it has cycles. Yes, it does affect brain chemistry. Yes, there are real withdrawal symptoms. I came to recognize all of these aspects of the disease.

Here are more references for you:

Brain activity in sex addiction mirrors that of drug addiction in ScienceDaily - https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140711153327.htm

What is Sex Addiction? in Addiction Center - https://www.addictioncenter.com/drugs/sex-addiction/

The Six Types of Sex Addicts in Sex Addiction - https://sexaddict.com/six-types-of-sex-addicts/

I thought it was a convenient excuse, but I'm a believer now.

Interestingly, the WHO included it as a diagnositic category in the ICD-11

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5775124/

APA is slow to follow--I don't know why.

Hope this helps.

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Psychologist/Author. Quora & Medium Top Writer. Mom of three, Autistic woman, Relationship expert kerry@kerrymcavoyphd.com

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