Exhibitionism Psychosexual Disorder

Exhibitionistic Disorder is a mental disorder that causes a person to expose his sexual organs—or genitals–to other people, usually people they’ve never met and are not expecting it, according to the American Psychiatric Association. The exhibitionist gets sexual enjoyment from the behavior.


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Diagnosis: W079
US Patients: Exhibitionism – Psychosexual Disorder
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Symptoms: “paraphilias”= inappropriate desires and acts: fetishism; sexual sadism or masochism; voyeurism; exhibitionism, etc.
Progression: 6 months where the thoughts and actions align with the disorders;
Causes: follows Freudian theories of sexual development or fixations along the way
Medications: androgen blockers or SSRI’s to restore hormone balances
Therapies: None listed.


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  • Paraphilic Interests Versus Behaviors: Factors that Distinguish Individuals Who Act on Paraphilic Interests From Individuals Who Refrain
    by Lauryn Vander Molen on June 14, 2022

    Little is known about distinct factors linked with acting on paraphilic interests or refraining from engaging in paraphilic behaviors. Participants from Canada and the United States (N = 744), aged 19-42 years (M = 29.2; SD = 3.18), were recruited through Amazon's Mechanical Turk. Participants completed questionnaires about their paraphilic interests and behaviors, as well as potential key factors linked to behavioral engagement (i.e., perceptions of consent, sexual excitation/inhibition,...

  • Paraphilia
    by Kristy A. Fisher on January 1, 2022

    Paraphilias are persistent and recurrent sexual interests, urges, fantasies, or behaviors of marked intensity involving objects, activities, or even situations that are atypical in nature. Although not innately pathological, a paraphilic disorder can evolve if paraphilia invokes harm, distress, or functional impairment on the lives of the affected individual or others. A total of eight Paraphilias are listed in the DSM V and include pedophilia, exhibitionism, voyeurism, sexual sadism, sexual...

  • Child Sexual Abuse And Neglect
    by Monica N. Melmer on January 1, 2022

    Sexual abuse of children is the involvement of children or adolescents in sexual activities that he or she does not fully understand and can include exhibitionism, fondling, oral-genital contact, and rectal or vaginal penetration. By adulthood, 26% of girls and 5% of boys experience sexual abuse. It is the healthcare provider's responsibility to advise the parents unless they are suspected of abuse and enlist help from other medical specialists or child protective services. A variety of...

  • New York State Child Abuse, Maltreatment, and Neglect
    by Munaza Batool Rizvi on January 1, 2022

    The World Health Organization (WHO) defines child abuse and child maltreatment as "all forms of physical and/or emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or commercial or other exploitation, resulting in actual or potential harm to the child's health, survival, development or dignity in the context of a relationship of responsibility, trust or power."