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Sexual addiction: risk factor for development neurodegenerative disorder as dementia

Attaky, A1

1: , Saudi Arabia

Background And Aim: Sexual addiction associated with cognitive dysfunction, in the present study, we investigated that sexual addiction is a risk factor for the development neurodegenerative disorder as dementia, little studies is known about the cognitive deficit linked to this disorder

Material and Methods: This is a cross-sectional study included 22 patients with sexual addiction and 15 healthy individuals as controls. Their ages ranged from 19 to 45 years. The study population was recruited among men attending Mutmaena psychiatric center in Riyadh city after oral consent was available personally to completed answer The male Sexual Addiction Screening Test (SAST) was utilized to assess severity of sexual addiction and Abbreviated Form of the Wechsler Memory Scale-III And Mini-Mental State Examination ( MMSE) and EEG was performed for both patients and healthy persons.

Result: Compared to controls (n=15),10 patients with severe sexual addiction had lower scores of subsets and total scores of cognitive testing (MMSE,WMS-III), Abnormal EEGs were found in 12 patients with sexual addiction and two healthy subjects usually diffuse slow wave patients.

Conclusion: Battery of psychometric testing and EEG changes can distinguish groups of cognitively impaired with sexual addiction patients and healthy persons, based on our results, further clinical studies, and neuroimaging investigations should consider whether the present methodological approach provides clinically useful information for the revelation of cognitive impairment in patients with sexual addiction


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