Basic Science and Neurobiological Research: Potential Relevance to Sexual Compulsivity

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One should not approach the issue of human sexual behavior without at least some appreciation of moral values and scientific research. When a person seems to be so driven that it becomes difficult to master erotic desires and he or she experiences difficulty serving his or her own best long-term interests, the concept of sexual compulsivity seems to be relevant. A better understanding of any associated neuropathologies may help to facilitate future treatments and public acceptance. In time, increased knowledge about the precise workings of the brain in reciprocally initiating and sustaining the sexual interests of the mind may facilitate a much clearer appreciation of the issues at hand.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)623-642
Number of pages20
JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2008


  • Endorphins
  • Opiate receptors
  • Paraphilias
  • Sexual addiction
  • Sexual compulsivity
  • Sexual drive

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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