The Paraphilias, Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorder, and the Treatment of Sexually Deviant Behaviour

The Paraphilias, Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorder, and the Treatment of Sexually Deviant... The paraphilias have been mostly ignored by psychiatry, even though psychiatrists are ideally suited to treat and diagnose these disorders by virtue of their medical and psychological training. The sexual deviations require an understanding of both biological and psychological causation and skills in psychological and pharmacological treatments. More recently the Supreme Court of the United States in Kansas v Hendricks (1997) upheld the constitutionality of the civil commitment of sexually deviant individuals for psychiatric treatment. As the various states adopt statutes based on Hendricks, psychiatry will be forced to take an active interest in the diagnosis and the management of the paraphilias. This paper outlines briefly where the field is in the understanding of the natural history, diagnosis, and treatment of the paraphilias. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychiatric Quarterly Springer Journals

The Paraphilias, Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorder, and the Treatment of Sexually Deviant Behaviour

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Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 1999 by Human Sciences Press, Inc.
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Psychiatry; Public Health; Sociology, general
ISSN
0033-2720
eISSN
1573-6709
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1022099026059
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Abstract

The paraphilias have been mostly ignored by psychiatry, even though psychiatrists are ideally suited to treat and diagnose these disorders by virtue of their medical and psychological training. The sexual deviations require an understanding of both biological and psychological causation and skills in psychological and pharmacological treatments. More recently the Supreme Court of the United States in Kansas v Hendricks (1997) upheld the constitutionality of the civil commitment of sexually deviant individuals for psychiatric treatment. As the various states adopt statutes based on Hendricks, psychiatry will be forced to take an active interest in the diagnosis and the management of the paraphilias. This paper outlines briefly where the field is in the understanding of the natural history, diagnosis, and treatment of the paraphilias.

Journal

Psychiatric QuarterlySpringer Journals

Published: Sep 30, 2004

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