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Sex researcher Debra W Soh says, ‘People will often ask me whether hypersexuality is truly a disorder, and in the field, even medical professionals are not fully in agreement as to whether it is and what it consists of’.

It’s little wonder then that for people who do have it, the intense shame and distress that surrounds the disorder can be heightened when they ‘come out’.

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Lana, a 38 year-old publicist in Los Angeles, was diagnosed with genital herpes in 1997.

Since then, she has "kind of been hiding" from the dating scene.

While the condition itself is unusual – a recent German study revealed that only 3% of women were hypersexual – the disorder interferes with both your personal and work life and lasts well over six months.

So it’s not to be confused with having a high sexual appetite, sexual activity or sleeping with multiple people.

She wasn't malicious or badly behaved – she was simply displaying symptoms of the ADHD that she wouldn't figure out she had until she was in her late forties.

When we think of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder), the first thing that springs to mind is an image of hyperactive young boys making trouble in a school classroom.Over the past five years, several sites—such as,, and—have launched to serve the needs of people with conditions ranging from bipolar disorder to Crohn's disease.Together these sites now boast tens of thousands of members.Let's face it: How do you drop that bomb on a potential love interest? She considered a number of online dating venues, but she says asked too many questions on its enrollment form, e Harmony was too "religious," and My Space was too much of a "hookup zone." "I wanted to meet men with my same diagnosis so we wouldnt [need to] have 'the talk,' or fear of rejection and transmitting," she says.“Most of us with this don't wish to spread it.” Despite—or perhaps because of—the economic downturn, the billion-dollar online dating industry has been booming. While sites like and e Harmony don't discriminate, they also don't cater to people like Lana who are coping with sexually transmitted diseases, disabilities, or mental health conditions.According to medical guidelines, ADHD affects five percent of school-aged children and the male to female ratio in diagnosed ADHD prevalence is at least four to one. School-aged children grow up and turn into adults, and while they sometimes ease, symptoms don't suddenly disappear.

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