Move Over, Tiger: Every Man's a Sex Addict
Having a male libido isn't a medical condition, psychiatrist writes
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2010 5:00 AM CST
Tiger Woods pauses during a news conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. last week.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

(Newser) – Sex addiction is just another term for a condition that affects all men at some point in their lives, and it shouldn't be treated like a medical condition, writes Dr. T. Byram Karasu. Unlike addiction to cigarettes or cocaine, "sex addiction" is a result of the biological urge to impregnate as many females as possible and depends on testosterone levels, notes Karasu, chairman of the psychiatry department at Albert Einstein College.

"Treatment for sexual addiction is a form of pseudo-redemptive window dressing in which no one, especially the addict himself, really believes," Karasu writes in the Daily Beast. He notes, however, that wives whose husband's sex addiction becomes a problem have few other options short of leaving the marriage—apart from castration or simply waiting enough years for their partner's libido to fade.