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Neuropsychiatry of hypersexuality.
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PMID:  18311099     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Relatively few studies of the psychobiology of hypersexuality have been undertaken. Nevertheless, the literature does suggest the possibility of a neurobiology of hypersexuality. Three cases of hypersexual behavior are presented in the context of neuropsychiatric disorders, and the literature on this phenomenon is briefly reviewed. These case studies and the literature provide evidence that different brain systems may play a role in this disorder. Frontal lesions may be accompanied by disinhibition, including impulsive hypersexual response to external cues, while striatal lesions may be accompanied by repetitive triggering of internally generated response patterns. Temporal-limbic lesions may be accompanied by disturbances in sexual appetite itself, including change in the direction of sexual drive. These case studies demonstrate that a neurobiology of hypersexuality may prove of some heuristic value in the clinic. However, further research is required to consolidate the literature in this area.
D J Stein; F Hugo; P Oosthuizen; S M Hawkridge; B van Heerden
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  CNS spectrums     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1092-8529     ISO Abbreviation:  CNS Spectr     Publication Date:  2000 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-03-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9702877     Medline TA:  CNS Spectr     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  36-46     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Psychiatry, University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa.
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