Definition

Paraphilia is a medical or behavioral science term for what is also referred to as: sexual deviation, sexual anomaly, sexual perversion or a disorder of sexual preference. It is the repeated, intense sexual arousal to unconventional (socially deviant) stimuli (http://www.forensicpsychiatry.ca/paraphilia/overview.htm#what).

DSM-IV Criteria

  • intense, recurring, sexual fantasies, sexual urges or behaviors
  • inlvolve non-human objects, children or non-consenting adults, suffering or humiliation (to self or to others)
  • behavior has lasted at least 6 months
  • causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of life
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