The mislabeling of sexual impulsivity

J Sex Marital Ther. 1987 Spring;13(1):15-23. doi: 10.1080/00926238708403875.


Several authors have discussed a pattern of behavior that has been called Compulsive Sexual Behavior, Sexual Addiction, or Hypersexuality. The literature concerning this disorder is reviewed. It is suggested that the various labels applied to this disorder are inaccurate descriptions that are not reflective of the true nature of the condition. It is further suggested that this behavioral pattern is best viewed as a manifestation of an Atypical Impulse Control Disorder.

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Disruptive, Impulse Control, and Conduct Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Disruptive, Impulse Control, and Conduct Disorders / therapy
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Psychopathology
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / diagnosis*
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / etiology
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / therapy
  • Terminology as Topic