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Chapter 16

Chapter 16 Key Terms & Notes

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Chapter 16 – Sexual Disorders
Sexual disorders fall into three distinct categories. First, sexual dysfunctions involve
problems in experiencing sexual arousal or in carrying through with a sexual act to the
point of sexual satisfaction. Second paraphilias involve sexual activities that are focused
on non-human objects, children or non-consenting adults, or suffering or humiliation.
Third, gender identity disorder involved belief that one has been born with the body of
the wrong gender.
Sexual dysfunctions: are a set of disorders in which people have trouble engaging in and
enjoying sexual relationships with other people.
The sexual response cycle
Sexual desire: the urge to engage in any type of sexual activity
Arousal phase: or excitement phase consists of a psychological experience of arousal and
pleasure and the physiological changes known as vasocongestion and myotonia.
Vasocongestion: is the filling of blood vessels and tissues with blood, also known as
engorgement.
Myotonia: is muscular tension.
Orgasm: during arousal phase, many muscles in the body may become more tense,
culminating in the muscular contractions known as orgasm
Plateau phase: during this period, excitement remains at a high but stable level. This
period is pleasurable in itself.
Resolution: following orgasm, the entire musculature of the body relaxes and men and
women tend to experience a state of deep relaxation, this stage is referred to as resolution.
SEXUAL DESIRE DISORDERS
Hypoactive sexual desire disorder: have little desire for sex they do not fantasize about
sex or initiate sexual activity – and this lack of sexual desire causes them marked distress
or interpersonal difficulty
Generalized sexual desire disorder: a person who has had little desire for sexual activity
most of their life
Situational sexual desire disorder: a person who lacks desire ot have sex with their
partner, but has sexual fantasies about other people
Sexual aversion disorder: persistent and extreme aversion to genital sexual contact with
a sexual partner
SEXUAL AROUSAL DISORDERS
Female sexual arousal disorder: in women, recurrent inability to attain or maintain the
swelling-lubrication response of sexual excitement
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Chapter 16 Sexual Disorders Sexual disorders fall into three distinct categories. First, sexual dysfunctions involve problems in experiencing sexual arousal or in carrying through with a sexual act to the point of sexual satisfaction. Second paraphilias involve sexual activities that are focused on non-human objects, children or non-consenting adults, or suffering or humiliation. Third, gender identity disorder involved belief that one has been born with the body of the wrong gender. Sexual dysfunctions: are a set of disorders in which people have trouble engaging in and enjoying sexual relationships with other people. The sexual response cycle Sexual desire: the urge to engage in any type of sexual activity Arousal phase: or excitement phase consists of a psychological experience of arousal and pleasure and the physiological changes known as vasocongestion and myotonia. Vasocongestion: is the filling of blood vessels and tissues with blood, also known as engorgement. Myotonia: is muscular tension. Orgasm: during arousal phase, many muscles in the body may become more tense, culminating in the muscular contractions known as orgasm Plateau phase: during this period, excitement remains at a high but stable level. This period is pleasurable in itself. Resolution: following orgasm, the entire musculature of the body relaxes and men and women tend to experience a state of deep relaxation, this stage is referred to as resolution. SEXUAL DESIRE DISORDERS Hypoactive sexual desire disorder: have little desire for sex they do not fantasize about sex or initiate sexual activity and this lack of sexual desire causes them marked distress or interpersonal difficulty Generalized sexual desire disorder: a person who has had little desire for sexual activity most of their life Situational sexual desire disorder: a person who lacks desire ot have sex with their partner, but has sexual fantasies about other people Sexual aversion disorder: persistent and extreme aversion to genital sexual contact with a sexual partner SEXUAL AROUSAL DISORDERS Female sexual arousal disorder: in women, recurrent inability to attain or maintain the swelling-lubrication response of sexual excitement www.notesolution.com
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