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Psychology
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PSYCH 270
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Lecture Notes 4/8/14 • Sexual Disorders o 2003 Lawrence v. Texas  Unconstitutional to control private sex life o Sexual dysfunctions  Disturbance in the processes that characterize the sexual response cycle or by pain associated with sexual intercourse.  Sexual response cycle: Desire > excitement > orgasm > resolution  Male Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder • Low sex drive • Causes marked distress or interpersonal difficulties • Common factors associated with HSDD o Partner conflicts o Loss of physical attraction o Being married (150% increase in risk). o Having Kids. o Being older.  Female Sexual Interest/Arousal Disorder • Absent/reduced interest in sexual activity. • Absent/reduced sexual/erotic thoughts or fantasies. • No/reduced initiation of sexual activity, and typically unreceptive to a partner’s attempts to initiate. • Absent/reduced sexual excitement/pleasure during sexual activity. • Absent/reduced sexual interest/arousal in response to any internal or external sexual/erotic cues. • Absent/reduced genital or nongenital sensations during sexual activity. • Cause clinical significant distress • Viagra does not help women with this  Male Erectile Disorder • Inability to achieve or maintain an erection necessary to complete intercourse. • Increases dramatically with age • Viagra is very effective • Included in DSM because not caused by underlying biological problems o Interactions between biology and psychological factors o Causes significant anxiety  Genito-Pelvic Pain/Penetration Disorder • Difficulties for 6 months with any: • 1) Inability to have vaginal intercourse/penetration • 2) Marked pain during vaginal intercourse/penetration • 3) Marked fear or anxiety either about pain or vaginal penetration • 4) Marked tensing or tightening of the pelvic floor muscles during attempted vaginal penetration  Premature Ejaculation • Persistent or recurrent ejaculation with minimal sexual stimulation before, on, or shortly after penetration and before the person wishes it. • Most men last between 6 and 16 minutes • Rates are similar across different cultures • No association with age  Female Orgasmic Disorder • Persistent or recurrent delay in, or absence of, orgasm following a normal sexual excitement phase • People are skeptical of this • Orgasm difficulties can be partner specific • Number of sex acts effects female orgasm, not so for men • People who are willing to do 6 different sex acts are more inclined to have an orgasm o Paraphilias  Recurrent, intense, and sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges or behaviors involving: • Non-human objects • Suffering or humiliation of self or others • Non-consenting persons (e.g., children)  Fetishism • Recurrent, intense, and sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges or behaviors involving NON-LIVING OBJECTS.  Exhibitionism • Recurrent, intense, and sexually
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