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Sexual and Pornography Addiction Statistics: How Big of a Problem Is It?

A. Tom Horvath, Ph.D., ABPP, Kaushik Misra, Ph.D., Amy K. Epner, Ph.D., and Galen Morgan Cooper, Ph.D.

There appears to be no carefully collected and easily generalized statistics about sexual or pornography addiction.  This is partially because the American Psychiatric Association does not include a specific diagnosis for sexual addiction (APA, 2013).  Instead, clinicians use several non-specific diagnostic labels such as unspecified impulse control disorder. Obviously many scientists and practitioners considered sexual addiction a large enough concern to consider establishing scientific criteria to study it. A review of the available scientific literature is available online (Kafka, 2009).


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