Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

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| Editors: Jeffrey Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Sexual Dysfunctions

  • Kristin M. Graham
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-56782-2_9208-1



Sexual dysfunctions include a diverse set of disorders. Typically, those individuals experiencing sexual dysfunction present with clinically significant disturbances in his/her ability to respond sexually or to find pleasure in sexual experiences. Disorders are typically classified into four categories: (1) desire disorders, (2) arousal disorders, (3) orgasm disorders, and (4) pain disorders.

Current Knowledge

As defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.; DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association 2013), sexual dysfunction disorders include:


Delayed ejaculation

Erectile disorder

Female orgasmic disorder

Female sexual interest/arousal disorder

Genito-pelvic pain/penetration disorder

Male hypoactive sexual desire disorder

Premature (early) ejaculation

Substance/medication-induced sexual dysfunction

Other specified sexual dysfunction

Unspecified sexual dysfunction

Sexual disorders occur among...

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References and Readings

  1. American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-5 ®). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA