Formerly known as Voyeurism in DSM-IV, this disorder refers to (for over a period of at least 6 months) having recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving the act of observing an unsuspecting person who is naked, in the process of disrobing, or engaging in sexual activity.
The person being considered for this disorder, in some way, has acted on these urges towards an nonconsenting person or the sexual fantasies/urges cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
Note: the person considered for this disorder must be at least of adult age (≥18 y/o)
This disorder has been modified according to DSM-5. Diagnostic code 302.82.
Psych Central. (2014). Voyeuristic Disorder Symptoms. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 27, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/disorders/voyeurism-symptoms/
Symptom criteria summarized from:
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fifth edition. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.
American Psychiatric Association. (1994). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fourth edition. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 10 Apr 2014
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