Sunday, September 27, 2009

More news

The report of the Sexual and Gender Identity Workgroup for DSM-V for HSDD in women has now been published online. (Current thinking seems to be to divide sexual dysfunctions in women and sexual dysfunction in men into different categories.)

The DSM Diagnostic Criteria for Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder in Women.

So far, I've only gotten to skim it so far. I'll make another post on it after I've gotten a chance to read through it in full, but I figured that readers would be interested to know about this.

Also, the articles for Female Sexual Arousal Disorder and Paraphilia NOS have been published as well.

Edit: The current proposal is to merge (female) Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder and Female Sexual Arousal Disorder, and to give them a new name. The main reasons are, more or less, that a) there is enormous overlap between these two diagnoses and b) many women have difficulty distinguishing sexual desire and sexual arousal, to the point that it's not even clear that they're different (if subjective sense of arousal is what is being considered.)

Before I make comments, I will need to read both articles.

4 comments:

batshua said...

Since many of us only have access to the preview of the article, would you mind giving a summary of the contents when you have the time?

pretzelboy said...

Sure. I'm definitely planning on summarizing things.

Shawn Landis, Philadelphia Asexual Examiner said...

Sadly, this makes it look like they're not removing HSDD or clarifying that asexuality is an orientation

pretzelboy said...

Completely removing HSDD wasn't ever a viable option, although there is a proposal, approximately, to replace it with a desire based on distess about low/no sexual desire rather than based on low/no sexual desire (that is only diagnosed in case of distress.) I'll write more about this later. As for clarifying if asexuality is a sexual orientation or not, the DSM currently says that it is and implies that it isn't, depending on what page you're looking at.