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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

(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.

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"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.
(Read more Tiger Woods sex addiction stories.)

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