Update on diagnoses of sexual dysfunctions: Controversies surrounding the proposed revisions of existing diagnostic entities and proposed new diagnoses

Richard Balon, Thomas N. Wise

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Abstract

The diagnosis of sexual dysfunction(s) or disorder(s) is paramount to the development of the field of sexual medicine. Historically, the diagnoses of these disorders have been considered reliable. The validity of diagnoses of sexual disorders (and the rest of our classification systems) has recently been questioned, especially from the point of clinical utility and homogeneity. This review discusses the issues involved in the development of valid and useful diagnoses of sexual disorders, reviews the proposed changes in the upcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition, as well as the problems inherent in the revision of this (and any) diagnostic system, and suggests some possible remedies to this process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSexual Dysfunction
Subtitle of host publicationBeyond the Brain-Body Connection
EditorsRichard Balon
Pages1-15
Number of pages15
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 8 2011

Publication series

NameAdvances in Psychosomatic Medicine
Volume31
ISSN (Print)0065-3268

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Balon, R., & Wise, T. N. (2011). Update on diagnoses of sexual dysfunctions: Controversies surrounding the proposed revisions of existing diagnostic entities and proposed new diagnoses. In R. Balon (Ed.), Sexual Dysfunction: Beyond the Brain-Body Connection (pp. 1-15). (Advances in Psychosomatic Medicine; Vol. 31). https://doi.org/10.1159/000330670