Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Hypersexual Disorder

One proposed addition to DSM-5 has been Hypersexual Disorder. Formerly, it was being proposed by the Paraphilias Subworkgroup for inclusion as a new disorder, and they have now retreated from that somewhat, and the Sexual Dysfunctions Subworkgroup is now considering including it in the appendix. (All this was made public with the recent revamp of the dsm5.org site).

On this subject, there was a recent article on asexualnews.com titled Asexuals should worry about the inclusion of hyperactive sexual desire disorder.

I wrote a follow-up to this (also on asexualnews.com): Hypersexuality in the DSM: A threat to constitutional rights and copy-pasted it in the feedback section on the dsm5.org site.

Interested readers are encouraged to go check these articles out!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

New Paper: Theoretical Issues in the Study of Asexuality

Chasin, CJ DeLuzio. (in press). Theoretical issues in the study of asexuality. Archives of Sexual Behavior. DOI: 10.1007/s10508-011-9757-x

Abstract: Academic interest in asexual people is new and researchers are beginning to discuss how to proceed methodologically and conceptually with the study of asexuality. This article explores several of the theoretical issues related to the study of asexuality. Researchers have tended to treat asexuality either as a distinct sexual orientation or as a lack of sexual orientation. Difficulties arise when asexual participants are inconsistent in their self-identification as asexual. Distinguishing between sexual and romantic attraction resolves this confusion, while simultaneously calling into question conceptualizations of the asexual population as a single homogenous group. Arguments are considered in favor of exploring diversity within the asexual population, particularly with respect to gender and romantic orientation, proposing that the categorical constructs employed in (a)sexuality research be replaced with continuous ones. Furthermore, given the recently noted bias toward including only self-identified asexuals, as opposed to non-self-identified asexuals or “potential-asexuals,” in research about asexuality, the nature and meaning of asexual self-identification are discussed. Particular attention is paid to the theoretical importance of acknowledging asexual self-identification or lack thereof in future research into asexuality. This article discusses what these current theoretical issues mean for the study of asexuality and sexuality more generally, including a brief consideration of ethical implications for research with asexual participants. Finally, directions for future research are suggested.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

DSM-5 site greatly updated

The site dsm5.org has just been greatly updated, and can be found here: http://www.dsm5.org/Pages/Default.aspx (For some reason, just entering dsm5.org gets you a page that says it's under construction).

Anyway, we find some interesting changes: The sexual dysfunction, paraphilias, and gender dysphoria are in three different sections (rather than subsections of Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders.) It seems that rather than changing "Gender Identity Disorder" to "Gender Incongruence" they're planning on changing it to "Gender Dysphoria." (I think this is a very positive change because it makes the disorder based on distress, not on gender identity.)

They're now thinking about putting Paraphilic Coercive Disorder in the appendix, and it seems that the diagnostic criteria for Exhibitionism is now a weird blend of DSM-III and DSM-III-R language, putting the emphasis on the behavior (as in DSM-III), rather than the sexual desire (as in DSM-III-R). Similar things seem to be done for some other paraphilias.

They're now proposing to add Hypersexual Disorder to the sexual dysfunctions rather than the paraphilias. (I'm very curious to find out what the sexual dysfunctions subworkgroup thinks about this idea.)

Something that had already been said on the website (but they never announced it) is that they're proposing to have HSDD for men, and SIAD for women.