Sexual disorders? Here’s what the new DSM-V says…

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, (or the DSM as it is lovingly referred to by those of us in the profession) is the basic guide for psychological and psychiatric diagnoses. Put out by the American Psychiatric Association it catalogues “disorders.” Often there is much debate about the legitimacy of labeling something a “disorder.” For example for many years homosexuality was considered a disorder by the DSM. In the most recent addition, however, it has been removed.

So in the field of sex it is a common game we play to see what things the APA has labeled as a disorder today…Liking sex too much? Having it too often? Getting turned on by high heels? The new DSM (the 5th) is slated to come out with its changes in the next few months.

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