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Sexuality in women with obsessive compulsive disorder

by Goekay Aksaray, Berkant Yelken, Cem Kaptanoglu, Sueleyman Oflu, and Murat Oezaltin

Comments: This article examines the effect of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) on sexual function. Women with OCD were more sexually nonsensual, avoidant, and anorgasmic than the women with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). These data suggest that OCD may be a risk factor for sexual problems in women.

Sexual addiction: Many conceptions, minimal data

by Steven N Gold and Christopher L. Heffner

Abstract: Sexual addiction has received increasing attention in the past decade. Existing literature on (1) competing conceptualizations of this syndrome as constituting an addictive, obsessive-compulsive, or impulse control disorder; (2) symptomatology and progression; (3) etiological models; and (4) treatment approaches is reviewed. Based on this review, questions requiring resolution via empirical investigation are identified.

Sexual obsessions in obsessive-compulsive disorder

by Jennifer B Freeman and Henrietta L. Leonard

Abstract: Reports on a 7-yr-old female and 10-yr-old male with onset of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) after sexual abuse/sex play. Both cases presented diagnostic questions related to overlap and comorbidity between OCD and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is noted that in these cases, the diagnosis of OCD was evident, whereas the full criteria for PTSD were not met. The authors note that it appeared that the sexual abuse incident was incorporated into OCD symptomatology. Although high comorbidity among anxiety disorder is well established, the interrelationship of the 2 disorders is notable. The authors argue that overall, these cases raise important issues with regard to assessment and diagnosis of child anxiety and trauma. In children presenting with sexual obsessions and OCD, it is important to consider sexual abuse. In cases where abuse is documented (or suspected), treatment may need to target symptoms of both OCD and PTSD.

Compulsive Exhibitionism Successfully Treated With Fluvoxamine: A Controlled Case Study

by Joseph Zohar, M.D., Zeev Kaplan, M.D., and Jonathan Benjamin, M.D.

Comments: This article details the sucessful treatment of an exhibitionist by taking a new drug called Luvox (Fluvoxamine). Medical jargon: ego-dystonic means behaviors that make you upset, Y-BOCS is a little written test that shows how obsessive-compulsive you are.

The Paraphilias, Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders, and the Treatment of Sexually Deviant Behaviors

by J. M. W. Bradford

Comments: Paraphilias are psychological/social disorders that are usually considered deviant in nature. But in some cases, paraphilia can be thought of as an obsessive compulsive disorder. Medical jargon: 5HT means seratonin, SSRI's are drugs like Prozac.

Compulsive Voyeurism and Exhibitionism: A Clinical Response to Paroxetine

by A. Abouesh and A. Clayton

Comments: Some researchers believe that paraphilias are related to obsessive compulsive disorder. This article gives examples of people treated for voyeurism and exhibitionism with the same medications used for OCD. Medical jargon: Paroxetine is Paxil.

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