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Sex addiction is a compulsive behavior ranging from watching pornography to engaging in sexual activity to get high or numb from reality. More than 30 million people are thought to suffer from a sexual addiction in the United States. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) first recognized sex addiction in 1987 in the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III). According to the definition in this manual, sexual addiction as a mental disorder, clinically called hypersexuality disorder, is distress about a pattern of sexual conquests involving people who exist only as things to be used. Sexual addiction was removed from the manual update in 1994, and re-introduced in 2013 as a condition that requires more research though it is presently not considered an official psychiatric diagnosis.

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TED TALK: Gary Wilson – The Great Porn Experiment