The Common Co Occurring Disorders Essay

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Discuss the common co-occurring disorders and how they contribute to sexual offending.
There is a spread of co-occurring disorders (CODs) seen in offenders who have committed sex crimes they include mood, substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive, antisocial, avoidant, narcissistic, paranoid personality disorders, impulse control, anxiety, and eating disorders (Guidry & Saleh, 2004). In a study done by Guidry and Saleh (2004) prevalence rates of the above mentioned CODs they include 82% were diagnosed with a mood disorder, 50% with an anxiety disorder, anxiety disorders were diagnosed at close to 40% with social phobia being the most common (Guidry & Saleh, 2004). There clinical syndromes seen in non-sexual offenders they include mania, somatoform, PTSD, alcohol abuse, Dysthymia, drug abuse, and thought disorder (Ahlmeyer, Kleinsasser, Stoner, & Retzlaff, 2003). Psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia have higher rates of mental illness and sexual offending, for example, incest offenders had a much higher rate of psychosis when compared to homicidal sex offenders (Galloway & Houston, 2008). Personality disorders and sex offenders were characterized by pervasive affective instability, poor impulse control, impairment of self-identity and a tendency towards engaging in unstable relationships associated with emotional crises underpinned by a fear of abandonment (Galloway & Houston, 2008). Comorbid conditions seen in those with a diagnosis of voyeuristic disorder or…

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