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- Published on Saturday, 26 February 2011 07:48
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The paraphilia section was grandfathered into the DSM-IV . James Philips, a Psychiatric Times blogger, argued that the conditions could not stand up to scientific inquiry and remain in the book on the basis of traditions.
“In fact, for some diagnoses (eg, the Paraphilias) there is minimal science to support inclusion, some studies refuting that they are even mental disorders and serious risks attached to misuse,” said Phillips.
An earlier article suggested that the paraphilia section should remain in the latest edition of the document because their inclusion would do the least harm. Another blogger in the same article expressed concerned over the misuse of the section in legal system and the blatant disregard for a patients constitutional rights.
The Paraphilia section has remained the focus of intense debate and the subcommittee considered adding new disorders to the section at one point. Mills and his supporters argue that keeping these diagnoses in the DSM on the basis of tradition does a disservice to psychiatry and more importantly to the patients psychiatrist’s serve.
Allen Frances, another contributor, argued for a conservative approach to removing diagnoses because current understanding of disorders was a mess, according to the Pyschiatric Times. Phillips criticized this remark because the statement does not differentiate between the disorders meeting scientific disorders and disorders kept in the DSM through multiple editions that were not subjected to such scrutiny.
The Asexual Explorations Blog contains a more in-depth discussion of the issues surrounding paraphilias and the DSM-5.