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Exhibitionism - Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

 

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Exhibitionism is only considered a paraphilia once the practice begins to interfere with the quality of life or normal functioning capacity of the individual. Many mild forms of exhibitionism are considered normal in our culture. Children often have a natural curiosity about their genitals and the genitals of others. Causes of exhibitionism is head trauma. The emotional abuse in childhood and family dysfunction are both significant risk factors in the development of exhibitionism. Biological factor-These generally hold that testosterone, the hormone that influences the drive in both men and women, increases the susceptibility of males to develop deviant behaviors. Exhibitionism is usually treated with a combination of psychotherapy , medications, and adjunctive treatments. There are several different classes of drugs used to treat the patient with exhibitionism and the other paraphilias.

Causes of Exhibitionism

Common Causes and Risk factors of Exhibitionism

  • Head trauma.
  • Psychoanalytical factors.
  • Biological factors.

Signs and Symptoms of Exhibitionism

Common Sign and Symptoms of Exhibitionism

  • Intense arousing fantasies.
  • urges.
  • Behaviors involving the exposure of one's genitals to an unsuspecting stranger.

Treatment for Exhibitionism

Common Treatment for Exhibitionism

  • Exhibitionism is usually treated with a combination of psychotherapy , medications, and adjunctive treatments.
  • There are several different classes of drugs used to treat the patient with exhibitionism and the other paraphilias.
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is generally regarded as the most effective form of psychotherapy for exhibitionism.
  • Group therapy.
  • Couples therapy or family therapy .