Sex addiction 'similar' to drug addiction

Jul 12 2014, 15:25 IST
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Researchers have found three regions of brain are more active in the brains of sex addiction patients. (Thinkstock) Researchers have found three regions of brain are more active in the brains of sex addiction patients. (Thinkstock)
SummaryPornography triggers brain activity in sex addicts similar to effect drugs have on brains of drug addicts.

theory in addiction disorders.

Patients with sex addiction showed higher levels of desire towards the sexually explicit videos, but did not necessarily like them more.

"Whilst these findings are interesting, it's important to note ... that they could not be used to diagnose the condition," Voon said. "Nor does our research necessarily provide evidence that these individuals are addicted to porn or that porn is inherently addictive.

"Much more research is required to understand this relationship between compulsive sexual behavior and drug addiction."

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