Compulsive sexual behaviour is now a mental disorder, WHO says. Here’s what it is

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified compulsive sexual behaviour as a mental health disorder for the first time.

The WHO’s  International Classification of Diseases list (also called the ICD-11) was updated in June with the disorder included — and could be included by member states, such as Canada, in January 2022.

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The disorder is not characterized by the number of sexual partners or how much sex a person has, but rather the inability to control sexual urges.

According to the WHO, compulsive sexual behaviour disorder is defined as an inability to control intense sexual urges leading to people neglecting their health despite often deriving no pleasure from being intimate. It’s said to cause distress or impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of one’s life.

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