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Why would a paraphilia be a behavior disorder?

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Dr. Michael Welsh
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Paraphilla

We look for the following to determine if something is abnormal.
Distress - the person (or people around the person) must be experiencing some type distress. Dysfunction - the behavior has to be causing some dysfunction in everyday life (not working, poor relationships). Deviance - generally, behavior must be considered not normal for population most paraphilias meet this set of parameters.

In brief: Paraphilla

We look for the following to determine if something is abnormal.
Distress - the person (or people around the person) must be experiencing some type distress. Dysfunction - the behavior has to be causing some dysfunction in everyday life (not working, poor relationships). Deviance - generally, behavior must be considered not normal for population most paraphilias meet this set of parameters.
Dr. Michael Welsh
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