Voyeurism involves becoming sexually aroused by watching an unsuspecting person who is disrobing, naked, or engaged in sexual activity. Voyeuristic disorder involves acting on voyeuristic urges or fantasies or being distressed by or unable to function because of those urges and fantasies. Doctors diagnose voyeuristic disorder when people feel greatly distressed or become less able to function well because of their behavior, or they have acted on their urges with a person who has not consented. Treatment, which usually begins after voyeurs are arrested, includes psychotherapy, support groups, and certain antidepressants. See also Overview of Paraphilias and Paraphilic Disorders.
Compulsive Voyeurism and Exhibitionism: A Clinical Response to Paroxetine
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Voyeurism is the sexual interest in or practice of watching other people engaged in intimate behaviors, such as undressing, sexual activity , or other actions usually considered to be of a private nature. The term comes from the French voir which means "to see". A male voyeur is commonly labelled as "Peeping Tom" or a "Jags", a term which originates from the Lady Godiva legend. The American Psychiatric Association has classified certain voyeuristic fantasies, urges and behaviour patterns as a paraphilia in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual DSM-IV if the person has acted on these urges, or the sexual urges or fantasies cause marked distress or interpersonal difficulty.
Compulsive voyeurism and exhibitionism: a clinical response to paroxetine
The compulsive behaviors seen in sexual paraphilias may be related to those of obsessive-compulsive disorder OCD. Based primarily upon case reports as well as studies indicating the effectiveness of serotonin reuptake inhibitors in the treatment of sexual paraphilias, it has been speculated that sexual paraphilias lie within the obsessive-compulsive spectrum. There have been no reports of the use of paroxetine in the treatment of sexual paraphilias. This is a report of two patients, the first a voyeur and the second an exhibitionist, both of whom responded to treatment with paroxetine.
The compulsive behaviors seen in sexualparaphilias may be related to those ofobsessive-compulsive disorder OCD. Based primarilyupon case reports as well as studies indicating theeffectiveness of serotonin reuptake inhibitors in the treatment of sexualparaphilias, it has been speculated that sexualparaphilias lie within the obsessive-compulsivespectrum. There have been no reports of the use ofparoxetine in the treatment of sexual paraphilias.