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Is Tiger Woods a Sex Addict?

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Dr. Cara Gardenswartz: Though the DSM-IV-TR (the "Bible" of mental disorders for the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association) does not formally recognize sexual addiction as a mental illness, most psychologists and trained therapists believe that sexual addiction is real, just as they consider gambling addiction to be real. It is speculated that in the latest version (currently in progress) of the DSM (DSM-V), sexual addiction will be included as a mental illness. In the 1980s, the 12-step movement popularized the notion that behaviors could be as addictive as substances such as cocaine or alcohol. They founded 12-step programs for compulsive shoppers, gamblers, "sexaholics," and so on.

Sexual addiction is a preoccupation with sexual behavior (which can include masturbation, prostitution, anonymous sex, casual sex, going to strip clubs, bathhouses, etc.). Most often it involves many sexual encounters and reckless behavior. Sex is a way some people cope with life stressors and intense emotions. Individuals often find themselves escaping from life circumstances and pain through addiction. With sexual addiction as well as with infidelity, lies and denial become necessary to keep the behavior active.

Addiction has become an increasingly popular explanation for people in the public eye such as Bill Clinton. Actor David Duchovny, who plays a sex addict in the show "Californication," entered rehab in order to treat his own sex addiction, just as people with substance addictions or eating disorders go to rehab facilities. Many people with sexual addictions also have other addictions, such as substance abuse.

According to the DSM-IV-TR, people with substance abuse have some of the following symptoms:

• Failure to fulfill major obligations
• Recurrent social or interpersonal problems
• Tolerance (need for more of the "drug" to get the same "high")
• Withdrawal
• Large amounts over a long period
• Unsuccessful efforts to cut down
• Time spent in obtaining the substance replaces social, occupational, or recreational activities
• Continued use despite adverse consequences

People with sexual addiction may also exhibit these symptoms, as well as some of the following symptoms:

• Lying to family, friends, and coworkers
• Unable to complete tasks due to excessive preoccupation with sex
• Spending 2-4 hours cruising the Internet, parks, or streets
• Downloading porn at work
• Masturbating or having sex in public
• Feeling exhausted, shame, or guilt after acting out sexually
• Sexualizing conversations

So two questions remain:

Do you believe sexual addiction is "real"? And do you think Tiger Woods has a sexual addiction?



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101 comments so far | Post a comment now
messymom December 16, 2009, 9:25 AM

Honestly, I don’t know if we excuse him with being a “sex addict” or if this is a real illness. What do you guys think?

kapriforce December 16, 2009, 9:47 AM

It is a real illness as any addiction is. It’s not just the harmful effects of experiencing the addiction and its after affects that can lead to vertigo-like lifestyles, but it’s also the effects of not experiencing the addiction.

I believe he is a sex addict, but so much media attention is placed on his money and endorsements and the attractiveness of his mistresses and not his overall emotional and mental health which I can imagine was dealt a serious blow after his father passed away.

His behavior shows a level of personal disregard and recklessness. It also demonstrates excessiveness.

I think he and his family need their privacy so that the healing process can begin and that he seek the treatment he deserves.

He is a human being. Let’s start being human too and understand his frailty. He’s accepted his imperfections. Let’s accept ours.

Mike December 16, 2009, 11:13 AM

@messymom

Excuse him? For what? He only did what 99% of us would do with the options he has. I’m proud of him… The only thing that dissapoints me about this whole situation is the way Tiger is groveling to his wife and mistresses. Cmon tiger, have a backbone.

messymom December 16, 2009, 1:05 PM

Mike: what options?

Jen G December 16, 2009, 1:07 PM

Even though Tiger doesn’t have all the symptoms Dr. G mentioned I think he has enough of them to be classified as an addict. I feel bad for him….

John Wilder December 16, 2009, 2:17 PM

It could be that Tiger is just a jerk who is too pampered and thinks that he has a right to other women.

Or it could be that his wife is like 60% of the other wives out there who have children drastically cut down on the sex to once a week or less. That is the numbher one complaint of married men is that their wives sexually starve them to death.

Now no woman should be forced to have sex against her will, but why is it that so many women feel entitled to force their husbands to do without sex against his will.

For every time you force him to masturbate alone, you are builidng up tremendous resentment inside of him. It leaves him open and vulnerable to women who are willing to grant him sexual favors

Pamala December 16, 2009, 4:56 PM

Wether or not he’s an addict or has a mental problem, this behavior has to have consequences. It’s never an excuse. It’s a way for us to understand what’s happening, but that doesn’t mean guys get to act out because of it.

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Anonymous December 16, 2009, 9:44 PM

oh lordy lord he had sex with a dozen hookers! IT MUST BE AN ILLNESS!! it taint his fawlt.. forget responsibility and pass the damn buck again..

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tao December 17, 2009, 1:51 PM

WHy is it that people has such hard time accepting sexual conduct as a normal aspect of our social life, as a society we live for sex, we sell sexy advertising, appealing to our sexual desires, Tiger is a product of our society, it is insane that some guy can make $5 billion playing golf, however is not wrong that he does have sexual desires and can afford them, nothing wrong with that, except that he hide it !!!!

Jen G December 17, 2009, 3:02 PM

Tao: There’s a difference between sexual desire and lying and cheating

Санек December 17, 2009, 4:35 PM

Всем Доброго утра! Вот это меня улыбнуло!!!!

Маша December 19, 2009, 9:24 AM

Попробую, попозже отпишусь.


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