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Sex Related Issues

Sexually Releated Issues
Sexual disorders are like people — they come in all shapes, sizes, and kinds. A sexual disorder doesn’t mean something is “wrong” with you, only that you’re experiencing the kind of issue that can suddenly affect anyone, at any time in their lives, for any reason or no reason whatsoever. While many sexual issues can be traced back to a physical problem or a sudden change in one’s life circumstances, many sexual disorders’ causes are not well-known or understood.
The good news is that nowadays, having a sexual concern such as erectile dysfunction (ED) or problems with getting aroused is no big deal. There are a wide variety of treatments — from medications to a specific form of psychotherapy — that can help virtually everyone with a sexual disorder, no matter what the concern.
Keep in mind as you read through this section that sexuality exists on a continuum. A concern only rises to the level of a “sexual disorder” if it is causing the person a great deal of distress in their life, and they would like to rectify the behaviour or problem. Some of the disorders listed below are otherwise considered healthy parts of normal human sexuality. For instance, if a person has a fetish and he or she is fine with it (and it’s not causing other trouble in the person’s life), then it’s not considered a disorder.
Symptoms of Sexual Disorders
• Dyspareunia
• Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
• Exhibitionism
• Female and Male Orgasmic Disorders
• Female Sexual Arousal Disorder
• Fetishism
• Frotteurism
• Gender Identity Disorder
• Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder
• Male Erectile Disorder
• Premature Ejaculation
• Sex Addiction (not a recognized diagnostic category at this time)
• Sexual Masochism and Sadism
• Transvestic Fetishism
• Vaginismus
• Voyeurism
By John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
May 15, 2008

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