Sexual Disorders Information

Gender Identity Disorder
Gender Identity Disorder is where a persons anatomical sex and their gender identity conflict. This is also called transsexualism. In this disorder, there is a desire to be rid of one’s own gender appropriate anatomy and to live as a person of the opposite gender. These people often, but not always, cross-dress to be in line with their gender identity. Increasingly, numbers of those with this disorder are choosing surgical interventions.

Paraphilias are the involuntary need for unusual and/or bizarre imagery, acts or objects in order to induce sexual excitement. They fall into three categories: using inanimate objects, suffering and humiliation, and sexual activity with unwilling partners. The disorders this covers include exhibitionism, fetishism, pedophilia, sexual masochism, sexual sadism, voyeurism, frotteurism, and transvesticism.

Sexual Addiction
Sexual addiction is not a recognized diagnosis in the DSM-IV. However, is has been developed by researchers to come to mean a person who compulsively seeks out sexual experiences and who’s behavior becomes impaired if they are unable to gratify their sexual impulses.