Psychiatric Times Vol 13 No 6

Therapy for Sexual Impulsivity: The Paraphilias and Paraphilia-Related Disorders

June 01, 1996

Paraphilias as defined by DSM-IV, are sexual impulse disorders characterized by intensely arousing, recurrent sexual fantasies, urges and behaviors (of at least six months' duration) that are considered deviant with respect to cultural norms and that produce clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of psychosocial functioning.