Sick or selfish: Is there such a thing as a sex addict?

Mar 2, 2010

Tiger Wood’s teary confession begs a question: does a man who continually strays from his wife suffer from a disorder? Many psychiatrists say, “yes.” In fact, psychiatrists are proposing adding “hypersexual disorder” to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. But is a rakish man really sick or just selfish? And if someone is not involved in a committed relationship, is there really anything clinically wrong with abundant sexual activity? And has medicine already gone too far in classifying behaviors as “abnormal?”

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