Paraphilia and Paraphilic Disorders

  • Giorgio Di LorenzoEmail author
  • Fiorela Gorea
  • Lucia Longo
  • Michele Ribolsi
Part of the Trends in Andrology and Sexual Medicine book series (TASM)


Paraphilias are conditions characterized by atypical sexual interests, with hundreds of forms arising from any type of human experience, affecting individuals of all kinds of orientations and even different gender identities. Current psychiatric diagnostic classifications do not consider the presence of paraphilia as a pathological condition unless these atypical sexual thinking, desires, and conducts generate subjective distress, compromise individual’s sexual functioning, and increase the risk of the personal damage or the risk of damage to others. Against this background, this chapter presents the current clinical description and psychiatric diagnostic approach to paraphilic disorders, their epidemiology, and etiopathophysiological factors as well as treatment strategies of one of the most misunderstood groups of psychiatric disorders.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giorgio Di Lorenzo
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Fiorela Gorea
    • 2
    • 3
  • Lucia Longo
    • 1
    • 2
  • Michele Ribolsi
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology Unit, Department of NeurosciencesFondazione Policlinico Tor VergataRomeItaly
  2. 2.Psychiatry, Department of Systems MedicineUniversity of Rome Tor VergataRomeItaly
  3. 3.University of “Our Lady of Good Counsel”TiranaAlbania

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