Mental health experts disagree whether behavior describes a true addict Compulsive sexual behavior can be a real problem in some people, causing them to engage in risky and self-destructive acts revolving around their libido, experts say. Mental health professionals agree that some people indulge in uncontrollable and harmful sexual behavior and that they truly cannot help themselves. Drug use and gambling "are not biological drive states like eating or sleeping or sex," he said. "We all have a wish to eat and a wish to sleep and a wish to have sex." In other words, it's hard to ascribe to addiction something that people need to do as a part of being human. Weiss has proposed creating a new illness category, hypersexual disorder, in the diagnostic manual that would cover the behaviors now referred to as sexual addiction. The new diagnosis would include such activities as excessive promiscuity, overdependence on pornography and compulsive masturbation. "These behaviors have specific characteristics and cause adverse consequences when they are frequent and intense," Weiss said.