Sexual disorders: Dysfunction, gender identity and paraphilias

Jon E. Grant, Nancy C Raymond

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Sexual disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for DSM-5 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 will 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 publicationFourth Edition
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781493925285
ISBN (Print)9781493925278
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


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

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