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What causes paraphilia?

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It's not clear what causes paraphilia. Some experts believe it's caused by a childhood trauma, such as sexual abuse. Others suggest that objects or situations can become sexually arousing if they're often linked to a pleasurable sexual activity. In most cases, the person with a paraphilia has a hard time developing personal and sexual relationships with others.

From: Paraphilias WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Home Health Handbook: "Paraphilias."

Mayo Clinic: "Compulsive sexual behavior."

Medscape: "Paraphilias."

MedicineNet: "Paraphilia."

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 09, 2018

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Home Health Handbook: "Paraphilias."

Mayo Clinic: "Compulsive sexual behavior."

Medscape: "Paraphilias."

MedicineNet: "Paraphilia."

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 09, 2018

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