Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 487–488 | Cite as

The Proposed Diagnosis of Hypersexual Disorder for Inclusion in DSM-5: Unnecessary and Harmful

  • Abraham L. HalpernEmail author
Letter to the Editor

The intent of this Letter is to discuss one of the “Criteria for Change in the Current Diagnostic Classification” (as stipulated in the Guidelines for Making Changes to DSM-5) that is lacking in the Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders Work Group’s rationale for its proposed diagnostic category “Hypersexual Disorder” (with one of seven possible specifiers: Masturbation, Pornography, Sexual Behavior With Consenting Adults, Cybersex, Telephone Sex, Strip Clubs, or Other) (see Kafka, 2010). The criterion that is lacking in the rationale is: “A discussion of possible unintended negative effects of its proposed change, if it is made, and a consideration of arguments against making the change should also be included.”

Let me start by asserting that specifically medicalizing (psychiatrizing) an aberrant sexual activity when there already exists a number of DSM diagnoses that more than adequately cover the subject is inimical to the best interests of the persons who experience the “disorder”...


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  1. Kafka, M. P. (2010). Hypersexual disorder: A proposed diagnosis for DSM-V. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 39, 377–400.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryNew York Medical CollegeValhallaUSA

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