Beh 225 - Sexual Disorders

Farah Hatcher
Sexual Disorders
University of Phoenix

    Sexual disorders can pertain to many different problems and habits including but not limited to erectile dysfunction and even pain during intercourse. A sexual disorder is hard to pin point because there is no real normal level of sexual desire, arousal, or a perfect number of orgasms for everyone to have. The sexual disorders can be broken down into many different diagnoses such as sexual dysfunction.

    Sexual dysfunction is when problems interfere with the sexual cycle and prevents sexual activity. The types of sexual disorder can be identified into four different disorders. Desire disorders which are when there is a lack of or no desire for sex. An arousal disorder is when a person is unable to stay aroused during sex, such as erectile dysfunction for men. The lack of or the delay of an organism or climax is called Orgasm disorder. Another disorder is called Pain disorder, when pain is present during sex. Sexual dysfunction can be diagnosed by a physician by researching the history of the patient and ruling out medical issues that may but the cause. The doctor will only diagnose the sexual problem as a disorder if it is causing problem for the patients. Once the doctor has diagnosed the disorder medication may be given to the patient. In doctor may refer the patient to a counselor to discuss underlining problems. Problems may accrue when a person uses sex objects to get aroused, called Paraphilias.

    Paraphilias is the second type of sexual disorder; there are many types of paraphilias such as fetishism. Fetishism is described According to Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders (2010), "[ a disorder that is characterized by recurrent intense sexual urges and sexually arousing fantasies generally involving non-human objects, the suffering or humiliation of oneself or one's partner (not merely simulated), or children or other non-consenting persons. The essential feature of fetishism is recurrent...