and Sexual Disorders
are different theories related to exhibitionistic behaviors, many stemming
from the psychoanalytic camp. They suggest that childhood trauma (e.g.,
sexual abuse) or significant childhood experiences can manifest itself in
disorder is characterized by either intense sexually arousing fantasies,
urges, or behaviors in which the individual exposes his or her genitals to
an unsuspecting stranger. To be considered diagnosable, the fantasies,
urges, or behaviors must cause significant distress in the individual or
be disruptive to his or her everyday functioning.
typically involves psychotherapy aimed at uncovering and working through
the underlying cause of the behavior. Medications can at times be helpful
to assist the client in resisting urges, but are typically not utilized in
is good although often there are other issues which may surface once the
behaviors are extinguished. If this is the case, these issues must be
worked through as well.