Fetishistic disorder is characterized by the persistent use of traditionally non-sexual body parts or inanimate objects to reach sexual arousal. It becomes a mental disorder when it causes significant distress, impairment, or harm to self or others. Fetishistic Disorder is most often diagnosed through self-report of symptoms to a mental health practitioner, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist or psychotherapist. Treatment is possible through conversations with your partner and support from a certified mental health professional. Fetishistic disorder is a subcategory of paraphilic disorders.
Fetishistic Disorder: Causes & Treatment Options
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Prior to the release of the DSM-5 in , this disorder was known as Fetishism. In the DSM-5, it is now known as Fetishistic Disorder and is classified as a Paraphilic Disorder, which requires the presence of a paraphilia that is causing significant distress or impairment, or involve personal harm or risk of harm to others. A paraphilia involves intense and persistent sexual interest recurrent fantasies, urges or behaviors of a sexual nature that center around children, non-humans animals, objects, materials , or harming others or one's self during sexual activity. In order to be diagnosed with a Paraphilic Disorder, the paraphilia needs to be causing significant distress or impairment, or involve personal harm or risk of harm to others.
What Is a Fetish?
Items that are used for sexual gratification can range from scarves and shoes to pantyhose and blouses, and the person may use the item when a partner is not there. He may feel it or stimulate his genitals with it. The object may cause the arousal of sexual feelings, such as how it feels, smells and looks. Not considered to be a disorder unless it results in anxiousness and a disruption of everyday life, Fetishistic Disorder is predominantly begun when an individual reaches pubescence or, less frequently, in the teenage years.
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