Paraphilias and paraphilic disorders: diagnosis, assessment and management

In this article, the authors outline the difficulties in classifying paraphilias as mental disorder and summarise the changes to this diagnostic category in DSM-5. 

The authors review the research on the epidemiology and aetiology of paraphilias, and provide guidance on assessment and referral options for general psychiatrists when they encounter patients who may meet diagnostic criteria for a paraphilic disorder. Empirical evidence for effective treatments for paraphilias is limited, and specific treatment services are scarce, particularly for individuals presenting with legal paraphilias or those who are committing paraphilic sexual offences but who have not been convicted.
Last updated on: Wednesday, 11 June 2014

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