A former sex addict and mother-of-three appeared on This Morning today in an effort to shatter stigma around the condition – but left some viewers insisting it doesn’t exist.
Rebecca Barker, 37, from Tadcaster in North Yorkshire, said she used to demand sex from her former partner five times a day and thought about it constantly – likening the rush she got from making love to that a drug addict would get from a hit.
Speaking on This Morning today, Rebecca, who says she has been cured of her addiction, said she felt ‘ashamed’ of what she was going through, and is making it her mission to raise awareness to let others like her know they’re not alone.
She said today: ‘If it happened to me, it could happen to anybody.’
But not all viewers were convinced by her story, with some taking to Twitter to brand sex addiction a ‘made up’ condition, or an ‘excuse’ for self-obsession.
Rebecca told how her need for relentless sex ultimately ruined her relationship, and left her isolated from the outside world.
At first her partner welcomed her growing need for sex, but then it put a lot of pressure on the relationship when she was constantly demanding it.
She said: ‘I only got relief from the obsessive thoughts during sex, but as soon as it finished it was back on my mind again.
‘I felt very ashamed that it was all I could think about.’
Viewers weren’t convinced and said sex addiction wasn’t a real condition on Twitter
What are the symptoms of sex addiction?
- Recurrent and intense sexual fantasies, sexual urges, and sexual behavior, lasting at least six months
- Excessive amounts of sex, frequently used to cope with stress
- Sex interfering with the ability to function in daily life, e.g. job or social life
- Feeling out of control and having to act on sexual urges, even in situations it might cause significant problems or harm, such as job loss, relationship problems or financial difficulties
- The sexual fantasies, urges and behaviors must not be brought on by drugs or alcohol, or another mental disorder
But some dubious viewers took to Twitter to question her story, insisting the condition, which isn’t recognised by the NHS, isn’t real.