Hypoxyphilia Treatment

Published: 12th June 2009
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Most of us like to think of ourselves as normal. We like to believe that our attitudes, desires and behaviors are not that different from anyone else's. However, when it comes to sexual arousal fantasies and often actual sexual behaviors, your neighbor may be very different than you would even want to know. What I am talking about here is a topic that is often ignored when sexuality is being discussed.

Paraphilia is a medical or behavioral science term for sexual behavior that is considered to be a disorder of sexual preference or repeated arousal to socially deviant, perverted, or unconventional stimuli. Paraphilias are usually a male problem, but sometimes also found among women.

Behavior can be classified as a paraphilia if it has lasted as least six months and causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of life.
Some of the more common paraphilias include:
-Pedophilia (attraction to children)
- Exhibitionism (exposing one's genitals)
- Fetishism (arousal to non-human objects, e.g. rubber, pantyhose, etc)
- Frotteurism (rubbing against strangers)
- Sexual masochism (pain or humiliation of self), including
- Hypoxyphilia/Autoerotic Asphyxia (stopping breathing)
- Sexual sadism (pain or humiliation of others)
- Transvestic fetishism (aroused wearing clothing usually worn by the other sex)
- Voyeurism (peeping)

Others causes sexually arousing if they are frequently and repeatedly associated with a pleasurable sexual activity. In most cases, the individual with a paraphilia has difficulty developing personal and sexual relationships with others.
Causes of Paraphilias
Common causes and Risk factors of Paraphilias
Brain injury.
Biological factors.
Sexual hormones.
Signs and Symptoms of Paraphilias

Common Treatment of Paraphilias
The goal of most treatment approaches is to suppress the paraphilia so that it occupies a smaller and more controllable place in the life of the person. In certain types of paraphilias which are not considered harmful to self or others, the goal of treatment may be to assist the patient to accept the paraphilia as part of his or her life and to contact others suffering from the same problem for support and greater self-acceptance.

Psychotherapeutic approaches include:
- aversion imagery
- cognitive behavioral restructuring of cognitive distortions
- group therapy to break through denial
Pharmacological interventions include:
- antiandrogens (e.g., cyproterone [CPA - used in Canada and Europe] and medroxyprogesterone acetates [MPA - Amen, Depo-Provera - available in the U.S.). These drugs either completely reduce testosterone secretion and/or antagonize the action of testosterone at the level of the receptor. Research has shown that these drugs reduce recidivism rates in male sexual aggressors.

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