In a highly-unsurprising move, Dr. Drew invents yet another weird misnomer for something that can easily be explained: sexual anorexia.
A New York Times reader recently wrote into the good doctor about — what else — an ongoing sexual issue questioning the hype surrounding sexual addiction and whether no sex is just as bad as sexual addiction. Simply based on the submitter’s five line diatribe, Dr. Drew Pinsky retorted with a new, scary-sounding “disease”: sexual anorexia.
Pinsky states that not only is sexual anorexia similar to sexual addiction in its mechanisms, it’s also treated in a similar fashion (Read: Rehab. And lots of psychological counseling). Dr. Drew connotates the symptoms of sexual anorexia to more bulimic traits: a binge and purge of sex, if you will.
Evidently, individuals who are sexually anorexic have a “bipolar” type of reaction to sex — for a few months you might be totally for it and for a few months, adamantly against it. Pinsky also correlates intimacy issues with the sex dysfunction (as he … normally does) and claims that a lack of sex is sometimes even worse for the patient than a compulsive, addictive sexual nature is.
Tell that to Elin Nordegren.
What do you guys think about this? Do you think we, as a society, are over-diagnosing every little sometimes-insignificant thing? Is popular society on the road to a mass hypochondriasis or are we simply becoming more evolved and thus, more aware of our bodies and minds?