Too Much Sex, a Mental Disorder? Examining Both Sides of the Debate on Hypersexual Disorder

  • Xijuan Zhang UBC
Keywords: Hypersexuality, Hypersexual Disorder, Sexual Addiction, Compulsive Sexual Disorder, DSM,


Over the recent decades, the concept of pathological excessive sexual behavior has been an ongoing source of controversy. The controversy is centered on the defining characteristics of excessive sexual behaviors and the extent to which these behaviours should be considered pathological. This controversy is intensified after Kafta (2010)’s proposal of including hypersexual disorder in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). According to Kafta’s proposal, for a person to be diagnosed with this disorder, he or she must have recurrent and intense sexual fantasies, urges, and behaviours which are not due to direct physiological effect of a drug-related substance and which cause significant personal distress or impairment (American Psychiatric Association, 2010). In this literature review, arguments for and against the inclusion of hypersexual disorder in the DSM-5 were examined.

Author Biography

Xijuan Zhang, UBC
Psychology department; undergraduate student
Clinical - Literature Review