and Sexual Disorders
are different theories related to this disorder, many stemming from the
psychoanalytic camp. They suggest that childhood trauma (e.g., sexual
abuse, or other significant sexual experience) or significant childhood
experiences can manifest itself in exhibitionistic behavior.
diagnosis is used for heterosexual males who have sexually arousing
fantasies, urges, or behaviors involving cross-dressing (wearing female
clothing). 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.
is fair. With some individuals, there may also be an underlying discomfort
with gender identity which will complicate treatment prognosis. As with
most disorders in this category, other issues may arise as treatment
progresses and should be addressed.