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Common Characteristics

Paraphilias all have in common distressing and repetitive sexual fantasies, urges, or behaviors.  These fantasies, urges, or behaviors must occur for a significant period of time and must interfere with either satisfactory sexual relations or everyday functioning if the diagnosis is to be made.  There is also a sense of distress within these individuals.  In other words, they typically recognize the symptoms as negatively impacting their life but feel as if they are unable to control them.


Disorders in this Category





  Sexual Masochism

  Sexual Sadism

  Transvestic Fetishism




Sexual Disorders and Dysfunctions 


Common Characteristics

The primary characteristic in this category is the impairment in normal sexual functioning.  This can refer to an inability to perform or reach an orgasm, painful sexual intercourse, a strong repulsion of sexual activity, or an exaggerated sexual response cycle or sexual interest.  A medical cause must be ruled out prior to making any sexual dysfunction diagnosis and the symptoms must be hindering the person's everyday functioning.


Gender Identity Disorder has also been placed in this category, although no outward dysfunction needs to be present for this disorder.  Basically, it includes strong feelings of being the wrong gender, or feelings that your outward body is inconsistent with your internal sense of being either male or female.


Disorders in this Category


  Female Orgasmic Disorder

  Female Sexual Arousal Disorder

  Gender Identity Disorder

  Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

  Male Erectile Disorder

  Male Orgasmic Disorder

  Premature Ejaculation

  Sexual Aversion Disorder





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