Sex addict, 90, is one of nearly 100 patients treated for condition in UK hospitals

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Sex addict, 90, is one of nearly 100 patients treated for a condition in UK hospitals over the past five years – with men in their 40s and 50s the most likely to be patients

  • Figures out NHS Digital shows 95 hospital appointments in the past five years
  • Of the patients, most of whom were between the ages of 40 and 50, 69 were men and 26 were women
  • In 2018-2019, doctors treated 27 cases associated with an ‘excessive sex drive’

A 90-year-old was one of nearly 100 patients treated by British hospitals for their sex addiction, figures show.

Statistics from NHS Digital show that there have been 95 hospital appointments associated with ‘excessive sex drive’ in the past five years.

Of the patients treated for the condition, most of whom were between the ages of 40 and 50, 69 were men and 26 were women.

It comes after figures from last year showed that in 2018-19 NHS doctors treated 27 cases linked to an ‘excessive libido’.

Numbers from NHS Digital show there have been 95 hospital appointments related to sex addiction in the past five years

Numbers from NHS Digital show there have been 95 hospital appointments related to sex addiction in the past five years

This consisted of 20 men and seven women, including four over-70s.

The average age of people who experienced sex addiction in 2018-19 was 45 years.

Meanwhile, in 2016-17, 14 sex addicts were seen by the NHS, three of whom were in their 70s.

What is Sex Addiction?

Sex addiction, also referred to as “compulsive sexual behavior” or “hypersexual disorder,” is a condition in which someone feels that their sexual behavior is “out of control,” according to relationship counseling service Relate.

Some people find that they cannot control these urges and actions or limit their behavior.

Others will become dependent on the activity in an attempt to numb negative emotions and difficult experiences.

Symptoms include experiencing overwhelming persistent sexual thoughts and urges, not being able to refrain from having sex with others, and generally feeling guilty or ashamed after acting on your sexual compulsions.

Those with the addiction may also spend a lot of time viewing pornography.

In 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared sex addiction a mental disorder.

Sex addiction, also referred to as “compulsive sexual behavior” or “hypersexual disorder,” is a condition in which someone feels that their sexual behavior is “out of control,” according to relationship counseling service Relate.

While this behavior does not cause serious problems for most people, some addicts find that they cannot control these urges and actions or limit their behavior.

Others will become dependent on the activity in an attempt to numb negative emotions and difficult experiences.

In 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared sex addiction a mental disorder.

Patients must have had the condition for at least six months and experience significant distress as a result of their addiction before being diagnosed.

Nuno Albuquerque, of the UK Addiction Treatment Group, said the addiction can ‘fill someone’s waking life’ and ‘happen to anyone, of any gender and age’.

He told The Sunday Express: ‘The idea that someone is addicted to sex may seem implausible, but it is just as real an addiction as a drug addiction.

Sex can fill a person’s waking life. They develop a physical and psychological compulsive need to seek, observe, or participate in sexual behavior, despite all of the negative consequences.

‘It can happen to anyone, of any gender, at any age. It’s not dirty or embarrassing, but often stems from child abuse, family disorders, hormones, or biochemical imbalances. ‘

In 2007 comedian Russell Brand revealed in his autobiography My Booky Wook that he had been checked into rehab in an American clinic for 30 days in an attempt to curb his sex addiction.

Russell Brand revealed how he checked into rehab in a US clinic for 30 days in an attempt to curb his sex addiction

Russell Brand revealed how he checked into rehab in a US clinic for 30 days in an attempt to curb his sex addiction

Russell Brand revealed how he checked into rehab in a US clinic for 30 days in an attempt to curb his sex addiction

He wrote: “Many people are skeptical of the idea of ​​what I call ‘sexy addiction’ and consider it a false idea, invented primarily to help Hollywood movie stars avoid responsibility for their uninhibited priapic excesses. But I think there is such a thing.

Addiction, by definition, is a compulsive behavior that, despite its devastating consequences, you cannot control or give up.

“And if the story I’m about to tell doesn’t prove otherwise, it shows that this formula can be applied to sex just as easily as it can to drugs or alcohol.”

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