Essay on Mental Arousal And Sexual Arousal

802 Words Apr 17th, 2016 4 Pages
Transvestic disorder is a paraphilic disorder, classified in the DSM V (2013), in which males dress up as women to gain sexual gratification. TD is diagnosed when a male has sexual feelings and gets sexual arousal from dressing in women 's clothes. It 's only diagnosed when these activities are ongoing for at least six months. TD is also similar to another paraphilic disorder called 'autogynephilia ' (Lawrence, 2011), in which the subject is aroused at the thought of himself being a female, so he, therefore, then begins to dress as a woman to fulfill his sexual desires. Blanchard (1989) proposed that most males who do not show sexual arousal to men, instead show sexual arousal to themselves dressed in the opposite sex 's clothing. He concludes that the hypothesis is supported that major types of those men who cross-dress are nonhomosexual, and do so because they become aroused out of dressing as a woman. The DSM V says that autogynephilia is a specifier to transvestic disorder. This is because they 're characterized by the same things.

The signs of TD are noticed at very early ages. Most notable are when children begin to cross-dress at puberty. This then continues into their adult lives where it begins to be a problem and cause dysfunction due to needing to keep their secret.

The DSM V (2013), reports that fewer than 3 percent of males are characterized as having transvestic disorder. TD is most always seen in males, though Moser (2009) noted that in his study using…

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