At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Psychiatric and the Law, physicians discussed sexsomnia and relevant case studies, according to a MedPage news report.

Although sexsomnia appears for the first time as a diagnosis in DSM-5, it has previously been discussed in medical literature, Moore noted in his poster presentation at the meeting, in Chicago. One study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine discussed nine criminal cases in which sexsomnia was used as a defense; the verdict favored the defendant in seven of those cases, he noted.

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