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Sexual Disorders Essay

1514 words - 7 pages

Sexual and Gender Identity, Personality, and Eating Disorders
Holly Bracy
November 18, 2013
Kathryn Westbeld

Sexual and Gender Identity, Personality, and Eating Disorders
Sexual and Gender Disorder Categories
* Sexual Dysfunction
* Sexual Desire Disorders
* Sexual Arousal Disorders
* Orgasmic Disorders
* Sexual Pain Disorders
* Paraphilias
* Gender Identity Disorders
(Hansell & Damour, 2008)
Sexual and Gender Disorder Classifications
* The DSM-IV-TR classifies sexual disorders into three types: sexual dysfunctions, paraphilias, and gender identity disorder.
(Hansell & Damour, 2008)
Summary of Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders ...view middle of the document...

* The cognitive-behavioral approach emphasizes shape thought patterns, influences the patterns of perceptions and behavior that become personality traits, and establishing interpersonal strategies.
(Hansell & Damour, 2008)
Eating Disorders Categories
* Anorexia Nervosa
* Bulimia Nervosa
(Hansell & Damour, 2008)
Eating Disorder Classifications
* Eating disorders are extremely influenced by demographic factors such as age, gender, class, and culture.
(Hansell & Damour, 2008)
Summary of Eating Disorders
* The cognitive-behavioral aspect focuses on experiences that reinforce eating-disordered behaviors and faulty and distorted thinking.
* The sociocultural explanation focuses on the unrealistic images of female beauty presented by the media and their negative effects on women.
(Hansell & Damour, 2008)
The Case of Jeffrey Dahmer
Jeffrey Dahmer was born on May 21, 1960. He lived in a wealthy suburb on Akron, Ohio, in an estate. His father was a successful research chemist and blames his son’s behavior on the medications his mother took while pregnant with him (Meyer, Chapman, & Weaver, 2009). His mother suffered from hysteria, depression, suicidal ideation, and psychosomatic illnesses (Martens, 2011). Dahmer’s first grade teacher wrote a note to his parents telling them the Dahmer acted as though he felt neglected since his younger brother was born. He remembers his home as being constantly tense because of his parents fighting. Dahmer felt guilty for being born because his mother suffered from postpartum depression and had a nervous breakdown after his birth (Meyer, Chapman, & Weaver, 2009).
There were many things Dahmer did as a child that was peculiar. He displayed angry, shy, and impulsive behavior (Martens, 2011). He had a fascination with dead animals, liked to repeatedly listen to his friends’ hearts by placing his head on their chest, collected animals that had been dead on the side of the road, cut off their heads and placed them on sticks (Meyer, Chapman, & Weaver, 2009) . In junior high, Dahmer said that he masturbated daily and constantly dreamed of having sex with boys his age. He started thinking of using corpses for sexual pleasure after dissecting a pig in biology class. He started drinking in high school and was a loner (Meyer, Chapman, & Weaver, 2009).
In 1978, his parents divorced when he was 18 years old. The divorce was bitter. He killed his first victim during this time (Meyer, Chapman, & Weaver, 2009). The victim was 19 year old Steven Hicks. Hicks was a hitchhiker that Dahmer had picked up and they went back to Dahmer’s apartment and drank and smoked marijuana. When Hicks tried to leave, Dahmer got upset and they wrestled. Dahmer ended up hitting and strangling Hicks with a barbell. After he strangled Hicks, he took Hicks’ clothes off and masturbated over the body and ejaculated onto the body. Dahmer then cut the body into pieces, placed them in...

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