Paraphilias and paraphilic disorders: Diagnosis, assessment and management

Yakeley, Jessica and Wood, Heather (2014) Paraphilias and paraphilic disorders: Diagnosis, assessment and management. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 20 (3). pp. 202-213. ISSN 1355-5146

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

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Disabilities & Disorders (mental & physical) > Classification of Mental Disorders
Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Psychiatry
Department/People: Adult and Forensic Services

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