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Psychiatric Disorders


 

Frotteurism

 

Category


Paraphilias and Sexual Disorders

 

Etiology


Like most disorders in this category, many theories exist in an attempt to explain how this disorder develops. Most experts agree that there are underlying issues related to childhood which play a major role in the etiology.

 

Symptoms


This disorder is characterized by either intense sexually arousing fantasies, urges, or behaviors in which the individual touches or rubs against an non-consenting person in a sexual manner. This often occurs in somewhat conspicuous situations such as on a crowded bus or subway. 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.

 

Treatment


Treatment typically involves psychotherapy aimed at uncovering and working through the underlying cause of the behavior.

 

Prognosis


Prognosis 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.

 

 

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