Paraphilic Disorder

Are You Affected?

Whats Paraphilic Disorder?

Paraphilic Disorders are problems with controlling impulses that are characterized by recurrent and intense sexual fantasies, urges, and behaviors involving unusual objects, activities, or situations not considered sexually arousing to others.


Most people with atypical sexual interests do not have a mental disorder. To be diagnosed with a paraphilic disorder, DSM-5 requires the people with these interests:

- Feel personal distress about their interest, not merely distress resulting from society's disapproval; or

- have a sexual desire or behavior that involves another persons distress, injury, or death, or a desire for sexual behaviors involving unwilling persons or unwilling persons unable to give legal consent.

(Paraphilic Disorders, n.d.)

Treatment for Your Troubles

Most paraphilic disorders are treated with counseling and therapy. Medications may help to decrease the compulsiveness associated with paraphilia and reduce the number of deviant sexual fantasies and behaviors. In some cases, hormones are prescribed for individuals who experience frequent occurrences of abnormal or dangerous sexual behavior. Many of these medications work by reducing the individual's sex drive. (WebMD, 2014)


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