Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Human Sexual Orientations - Pathologising The Natural

Published: 02 Sep 2013

Paraphilias: definition, diagnosis and treatment

"Michelle A. McManus1, Paul Hargreaves1 and Laurence J. Alison2

1. School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE, UK,

2. Centre for Critical and Major Incident Psychology, Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, University of Liverpool, Eleanor Rathbone Building, Bedford Street South, Liverpool, Merseyside, L69 7ZA Corresponding author

F1000Prime Rep2013, 5:36 (doi: 10.12703/P5-36)

The electronic version of this article is the complete one and can be found at:


There is a great deal of controversy concerning paraphilia, and defining what is normal versus deviant or disordered, given that this is to some degree dependent on cultural views of acceptability. In this article, we outline these issues and describe recent progress in diagnosing and treating paraphilias."


Laurence Alison, Prof

Michelle Mcmanus



American Psychiatric Association holds symposium on removal of paraphilias from DSM

"At its annual convention in May, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) held a symposium to discuss removing gender identity disorder and the paraphilias from the APA's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Paraphilias are defined as recurrent and intense sexual feelings or behavior which involve nonhumans, children, or nonconsenting adults, or the suffering or humiliation of oneself or one's partner.1 They include pedophilia, exhibitionism, fetishism, transvestism, voyeurism, and sadomasochism.

The convention was held May 19 in San Francisco. At the symposium, psychiatrist Charles Moser of the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality and Peggy Kleinplatz of the University of Ottawa presented a paper entitled "DSM-IV-TR and the Paraphilias: An Argument for Removal.""


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Exploring the landscape of DSM-5 and the Paraphilias: Background 

"There has long been a certain amount of discontent with this group of diagnoses--most therapists simply ignore them, they're mostly used by groups who focus on the treatment of sex offenders, and many involved in the treatment of sex offenders ignore these diagnoses finding them useless."

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