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Involves intense, recurrent and sexually arousing fantasies involving the exposure of the individual's genitals. This may, in turn, translate into putting this fantasy into action and engaging in these behaviors. However, a key feature of this need is that the individual be a stranger or unsuspecting. Disorder features are:

Repeatedly for at least 6 months the patient has intense sexual desires, fantasies or behavior concerning genital self-exposure to an unsuspecting stranger.

This causes clinically important distress or impairs work, social or personal functioning.

Associated Features:

Personal Immaturity.

Differential Diagnosis:

Some disorders have similar or even the same symptoms. The clinician, therefore, in his/her diagnostic attempt has to differentiate against the following disorders which need to be ruled out to establish a precise diagnosis.

Mental Retardation
Senile Brain Dementia
Antisocial Personality Disorder


Many mild and considered acceptable forms of exhibitionism are considered normal in our culture. Children often have a natural curiosity about their genitals and the genitals of others. Young children may like to try to shock adults or other children by showing their genitals or underwear. This is typically a passing phase and only calls for professional treatment if it persists. Similarly, adolescents have been expressing disapproval through "mooning" for years. Wearing suggestive clothing or strip teasing for a significant other are common activities.


Almost always the treatment must be long-term if it is to be effective. Most exhibitionists do not receive treatment until they are caught by the police and the court orders treatment.

Counseling and Psychotherapy [ See Therapy Section ]:

Cognitive, behavior, and psychoanalytic therapies are used to treat individuals with paraphilia's.

Pharmacotherapy [ See Psychopharmacology Section ] :

Some prescription medicines have been used to help decrease the compulsive thinking associated with the paraphilia's. Hormones are prescribed occasionally for individuals who experience intrusive sexual thoughts, urges, or abnormally frequent sexual behaviors.


DSM Code

302.4 Exhibitionism

F65.2 Exhibisionism

Disorder Sheets

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