The concept of sex addiction gained traction in the 1980s, when Patrick Carnes published “Out of the Shadows,” one of the first books to identify compulsive sexual behavior, a problem he likened to an addiction. Soon, treatment centers, 12-step programs and other resources grew around this new label, despiteContinue Reading Sex therapists believe that problematic sexual behavior has many underlying causes (and is often a combination of several). It could be the symptom of a mental illness, such as bipolar disorder, anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Or it could arise from personality issues, such as a drive to seek risks.Continue Reading