Sex addiction mimics drug addiction

People who report being addicted to sex may have similar brain activity patterns as those who have drug addictions, according to a new study from the University of Cambridge in the U.K.

The study’s participants included both people who did and did not report compulsive sexual behavior, also known as hypersexuality. All participants were shown sexually explicit content, such as pornographic videos, while their brain activity was observed through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

The results of the study showed that the participants who reported compulsive sexual behavior had increased brain activity in three brain regions that have been linked to drug addiction.  Researchers said that the findings suggest that compulsive sexual behavior may be associated with addiction, although such behavior is not currently accepted as a true mental health disorder, according to the American Psychological Association. Whether sex is actually addictive, however, was not confirmed by the study.

Researchers concluded that in order for hypersexuality to be recognized as an addiction or a disorder, the findings must be replicated in further studies.

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Sourced from: Live Science, Sex Addiction and Drug Addiction Linked in the Brain