Sexual disorders: Dysfunction, gender identity, and paraphilias

Nancy C Raymond, Jon E. Grant

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Sexual disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, fourth edition, text revision (DSM-IV-TR) are divided into three major categories: 1) sexual dysfunctions, problems in sexual desire or disturbances in the psychophysiologic changes that are part of the sexual response cycle; 2) paraphilias, which involve recurrent intense sexual urges or fantasies, or behaviors that involve unusual objects, activities, or situations that are, by and large, not culturally sanctioned; and 3) gender identity disorders, which are characterized by dissatisfaction with one's biological gender and often a desire to undergo gender reassignment. In this chapter, we review the diagnostic criteria, prevalence, etiology, assessment, and treatment of these disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Medical Basis of Psychiatry
Subtitle of host publicationThird Edition
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781588299178
StatePublished - 2008


  • Compulsive sexual behavior
  • Gender identity disorder
  • Paraphilias
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sexual health


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