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Kinky not crazy: DSM V no longer labels paraphilias as psychiatric disorders

Posted on March 20, 2013 at 8:18 AM Comments comments (94)
The DSM V Paraphilias Subworkgroup has reached a position of compromise regarding paraphilias. The DSM system of classification has been criticised for the continued inclusion of sex-related diagnoses (Kleinplatz, 2005). Psychiatrist Glen Gabbard pointed out out that the term paraphilia remained pejorative in most circumstances (Gabbard, 2007). In the DSM-V paraphilias are not ipso facto psychiatric disorders and would only justify or require psychiatric intervention if it causes significant personal distress. However Julian Keenan from the Medical Examiner says that this solution is absurd. 

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