Sexual Disorders: Erectile Dysfunction & Gender Identity Disorder
“Sexual disorders are classified according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, into three groups sexual dysfunctions, paraphilias, and gender identity disorder.”
(Klein & Brotto., 2007, pp. 504)
The next few pages will discuss research into cases evolving Erectile Dysfunction and Gender Identity Disorders.
Differential Diagnosis: Erectile Dysfunction & Gender Identity Disorder
The DSM-IV-TR defines Erectile Dysfunction (ED) as a persistent or recurrent inability to attain, or to maintain an adequate erection. The disorder causes noticeable discomfort or interpersonal complications. Furthermore, the condition is not exclusively due to substance abuse or a general medical disorder (DSM-IV-TR, 2000).
Dr Robert Hicks defines ED or impotence as when a male struggles to obtain or keep an erection. Although most males will experience some form of ED throughout their lives, it only becomes a problem when it exists for a long period; thereby creating emotional instability. Hicks recommends, speaking with your physician, seeking sexual counseling and medication. He further adds that individuals suffering from ED need to decrease alcohol consumption, quit smoking, rest, avoid using recreational drugs and discuss the issue with their spouse or partner. According to Hicks, patients suffering from ED may have underlying symptoms of other disorders such as diabetes and high blood pressure (Hicks,2009).
Edwin was diagnosed with ED following prostate surgery. He describes the issue as “devastating,” especially once he regained his strength back from the surgery. Edwin states although it may feel embarrassing, individuals should not be reluctant concerning treatment because “Help is out there” and “It will only make things better” (Hicks, 2009).
Gender identity disorder (GID) is a disturbance between...