Paraphillias

Many times people are interested in sexual behaviors that are considered deviant.  Interest in deviant sexual behaviors does not automatically make a person a sexual addict.  However, if the person fits the criteria for sex addiction and compulsively act’s out their deviant behaviors, as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM – IV, the clinician’s diagnostic bible), then the person should seek help for both the sex addiction and the paraphillia. Sex Addiction Los Angeles

The DSM-IV, states that paraphillias involve recurrent fantasies, urges or behaviors of a sexual nature that center around children, non-humans (animals, objects, materials), or harming others or one’s self.

Because they are so often associated with abusive sexual practices that generate real victims, many people tend to regard persons who display sexual deviancies as monsters. Further, many people tend to assume that all sexual deviants are equivalently awful and repugnant. Neither of these statements are accurate. While they are ultimately responsible for their choices (including those that harm other people), and should be punished and thereafter closely monitored to prevent further abusive practices, even predator child-molesting pedophiliacs are legitimately suffering from mental, emotional and spiritual disturbance and should be able to participate in mandated treatment. Whereas pedophilia (child molestation) is a particularly awful sexual deviancy, there are other forms of sexual deviancy such as transvestism and many forms of fetishism that harm no one and that do not deserve to be thought of in the same breath as child molestation.

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