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Old 01 November 2013, 06:43 AM
ichabodius ichabodius is offline
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Posted this elsewhere:
Heres a detailed explanation of the changes made earlier this year:


Most apparent to clinicians will be the distinction between paraphilias—defined as atypical sexual practices—and paraphilic disorders, which include distress or impairment in functioning. Specific criteria for paraphilic disorders are not changed except for the addition of specifiers for “in remission” or “in a controlled environment” to indicate course of illness; the latter specifier would be used, for instance, in the case of someone with a pedophilic disorder who no longer engages in sexual activity with children because the individual is incarcerated.
Peophilia is still considered a paraphilic disorder it has not changed there have only been qualifiers added to indicate "in remission" or "in a controlled environment" i.e prison.

Pedophilia is not being normalized.
This will explain further:

Characteristics of Paraphilic Disorders
Most people with atypical sexual interests do not have a mental disorder. To be diagnosed with a paraphilic
disorder, DSM-5 requires that people with these interests:
• feel personal distress about their interest, not merely distress resulting from society’s disapproval;
• have a sexual desire or behavior that involves another person’s psychological distress, injury, or
death, or a desire for sexual behaviors involving unwilling persons or persons unable to give legal
To further define the line between an atypical sexual interest and disorder, the Work Group revised the
names of these disorders to differentiate between the behavior itself and the disorder stemming from
that behavior (i.e., Sexual Masochism in DSM-IV will be titled Sexual Masochism Disorder in DSM-5).
It is a subtle but crucial difference that makes it possible for an individual to engage in consensual atypical
sexual behavior without inappropriately being labeled with a mental disorder. With this revision,
DSM-5 clearly distinguishes between atypical sexual interests and mental disorders involving these
desires or behaviors.
The chapter on paraphilic disorders includes eight conditions: exhibitionistic disorder, fetishistic disorder,
frotteuristic disorder, pedophilic disorder, sexual masochism disorder, sexual sadism disorder,
transvestic disorder, and voyeuristic disorder.
Please note this:
In the case of pedophilic disorder, the notable detail is what wasn’t revised in the new manual. Although
proposals were discussed throughout the DSM-5 development process, diagnostic criteria ultimately
remained the same as in DSM-IV TR. Only the disorder name will be changed from pedophilia
to pedophilic disorder to maintain consistency with the chapter’s other listings.
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