Sex addict is a buzzy phrase to throw at disgraced public figures, especially in tabloids, especially with Anthony Weiner. Porn addiction sounds dirty and shameful, and if Pamela Anderson is worried about it, isn't it worth considering? (No.) But for all the references to sex and porn addiction in politics, movies, and more, there isn't much empirical evidence about the condition.
There's so little evidence, in fact, that the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) recently said it is likely wrong to label sex and porn addictions as mental health disorders. In an email to its members, obtained by Science of Us, the association also said it "does not find the sexual addiction training and treatment methods and educational pedagogies to be adequately informed by accurate human sexuality knowledge."
Essentially, without scientific evidence, labeling a patient whose daily life and wellbeing is affected by sexual urges jumps to a conclusion without identifying other possible factors and with no responsible precedent for treatment, at least by AASECT's standards. So, sex and porn addiction treatments might be bogus, which sucks for those whose personal health is more complicated than buzzy phrasing and tabloid headlines.
From: Esquire US