Diagnosis of Sexual Dysfunctions in Psychiatric Population: Lights and Shadows of DSM-5 Taxonomy of Sexual Disorders

  • Alberto Siracusano
  • Emanuela BianciardiEmail author
Part of the Trends in Andrology and Sexual Medicine book series (TASM)


Along with the progression and the changes of culture and society, the taxonomy of sexual disorders seems to be in continuous evolution. The recent release of DMS-5 operated many advances with the aim to correct and clarify previous debates in the field of sexual disorders. A minimum duration time and frequency of disorders, particular gender differences, distinctions between paraphilias and mental disorders, and elimination of labeling terms such as gender identity disorder were only some of the innovations that were made. Nonetheless, the revised classification has yielded many controversies that mainly arose from the paucity of empirical supporting data. In particular, it was pointed out that the DSM-5 was not conceived to identify prevalence rates, standardize diagnostic features, bring in appropriate treatments, which were the original objectives of the first release of DSM. The aim of this chapter was to summarize and critically revise major changes and debates among this new edition of DSM.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychiatry, Department of Systems MedicineUniversity of Rome Tor VergataRomeItaly

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