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Why do psychologists call a kink/fetish/paraphilia a "disorder" instead of just a variation in sexual interest?

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Dr. Traci Seidman
Clinical Psychology 31 years experience
Not so much anymore: The newest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5 has removed kinks and fetishes from from the "disorders" list. Kink is becoming a little more mainstream in the medical community, but has a long way to go. You can find a "Kink Aware Professional" at https://ncsfreedom.org/key-programs/kink-aware-professionals/kap-program-page.html Remember: Safe, Sane & Consensual!

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Last updated Apr 5, 2015

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