Psychologists disagree on whether sex addiction is real

In his public apology Friday for philandering, Tiger Woods mentioned spending 45 days in an in-patient treatment facility. It's been widely reported that the golfing star was at Pine Grove Behavioral Center in Mississippi, where the leading expert on sex addiction diagnosis and treatment directs therapy.

Woods has not admitted he's a sex addict, and even if he was, psychologists disagree as to whether the condition is a true pathological disorder.

"There's been a lot of hype about it and I think it's unproven at present," said Peter Nathan, a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Iowa who specializes in alcoholism. "It's bad behavior, it's troublesome behavior, it gets people in a lot of trouble, but I can't say it forms to usual addictions."

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