Sexsomnia: A New DSM-5 Diagnosis

Man and woman in sexual relationship
Sexsomnia: A New DSM-5 Diagnosis
Patients with sexsomnia engage in sexual activity, including intercourse, while asleep.

Sexsomnia — engaging in sexual activity while asleep -— is something physicians may want to consider as a diagnosis in some patients, Brandon Moore, MD, said at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.

The disorder can take different forms, “as mild as [patients] rubbing their buttocks or genitals to self-gratification” and even intercourse, Moore, a fourth-year psychiatry resident at Western Michigan University, in Kalamazoo, told MedPage Today in a phone interview. 

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