Compulsive Sexual Behavior Clinical Trial
Neurobiologisk Bakgrund Till Hypersexuell Störning
|Contact||Christoph Abé, PhD|
|Phone||+46 8-524 832 60|
|Start date||April 15, 2018|
|Completion date||December 30, 2020|
Hypersexual Disorder (HD), sometimes called "sexual addiction", is a disorder with intense
sexual desires and psychological preoccupations that lead to out-of-control sexual activities
with severe consequences. HD is related to higher risks of HIV infection and an important
risk factor for committing sexual crimes. The prevalence of HD is 3-6% of the general
population, thus, a significant burden for society. The neurobiological mechanisms behind HD
are still unknown, and there is still a great need for causal treatments.
This study is aimed at identifying neurobiological and psychological mechanisms underlying HD as a basis for treatment development. The overall goal is to improve mental health, quality of life, diagnosis and treatment options for affected individuals, and to reduce the impact HD can have on society. Patients with HD will be recruited at Karolinska University Hospital in close collaboration between endocrinologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and brain researchers at Karolinska Institutet. Cases and healthy controls will undergo brain scans (MRI), psychological and blood tests to quantify neurobiological, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of HD.
This study is directly integrated into clinical practice, can identify important targets for interventions and factors predicting treatment outcomes. This study is essential for a better understanding of HD, the improvement of treatments, and can have significant impact on the prevention of HIV infections and sexual crimes.