Sexual Disorders

Introduction to Sexual Disorders

This Sexual Disorders topic center contains information about paraphillias (more commonly known as sexual perversions or deviancies). Please explore our Sexual Problems topic center if you are interested in more run-of-the-mill sexual dysfunctions.

Paraphillias are disorders of deviant sexuality. As defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the clinician’s diagnostic bible), they involve recurrent fantasies, urges or behaviors of a sexual nature that center around children, non-humans (animals, objects, materials), or harming others or one’s self.

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