Why is pedophilia considered a mental disorder but gerontophilia is not?

Gerontophilia . While gerontophilia isn't formally classified as a specific mental disorder in dsm-iv, it is clearly a paraphilia and potential criminal behavior. There might be various underlying causes that need to be looked at when diagnosing this problem, but why it hasn't been included as a formal mental disorder may be more a result of its low prevalence rather than the actual reality of it as a disorder.

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Why would pedophilia be considered a disorder but not gerontophilia?

Don't know. Various diseases and conditions are established by professional groups. New categories are added from time to time. If you fee this is an oversight you can contact the american psychiatric association and ask that this be considered. Read more...
Matter of consent. If someone were only/predominantly sexually attracted to elderly who are too demented to give consent, he or she would also be considered emotionally disturbed, even though there may not be a term for it in any commonly accepted psychiatric nomenclature. Read more...