A paraphilia is a condition in which a person’s sexual arousal and gratification are more on fantasizing and engaging in abnormal sexual behavior.
A paraphilia is considered a disorder when it causes distress or threatens to harm someone else. A paraphilia can revolve around a particular object and behavior. It can inflict pain or expose oneself. Paraphilia may also lead to being on that object or behavior for sexual gratification. It is typical in men than in women.
Symptoms of Paraphilia
- Preoccupation to the point of obsessiveness
- Attempts to think about other things or engage in more conventional sexual activity with an age-appropriate partner.
- Depression and anxiety
- An addictive cycle of paraphilic behavior
- Guilt and reluctance to share information openly
- People with paraphilia experiences arousal by the stimulant to or near exclusion of more common sources of sexual interest. It can be from an attractive person of similar age.
- There can be an overwhelming amount of sexual attraction that leads to distress. The overlooked nature of Paraphilia often causes symptoms of guilt and fear of punishment.
Behaviors that are Considered Paraphilias
- Exhibitionism/Flashing. It involves exposing genitals to an unsuspecting stranger. Indecent exposure is illegal and causes harm to others.
- Fetishism. It associates with objects. A fetich person finds arousal by wearing or touching specific things. The typical trigger of fetish is underwear, rubber clothing, women’s shoes, and lingerie.
- Frotteurism. The urge comes from touching or rubbing genitals against the body of a non-consenting person. The contact made with the other person is illegal.
- Pedophilia. These are fantasies or behaviors involving illegal sexual activity with a child. Pedophile activity constitutes rape and is a felony offense punishable by imprisonment.
- Sexual Masochism. A person finds pleasure by being beaten or otherwise made to suffer to achieve sexual excitement and climax. Activities with a partner include bondage, spanking, and simulated rape.
- Sexual Sadism. It is a persistent fantasy in which sexual excitement inflicts psychological or physical suffering on a sexual partner.
- Transvestitism. It refers to the practice by heterosexual males of dressing in female clothes to produce or enhance sexual arousal.
- Voyeurism. It involves achieving sexual arousal by observing an unsuspecting and non-consenting person who is undressing. This behavior leads to masturbation.
Treatment for Paraphilia
Treatment for Paraphilia involves psychological sessions, counseling therapy, and Habitual change. Doctors may also use anti-androgen medication to counter the hormone keeping the effects of sexual desire in control. Anti-androgen medication includes:
- Abarelix and Triptorelin
- Leuprolide and Goserelin