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What is frotteurism?

Frotteurism is a paraphilia. According to the DSM 5, there is frotteuristic disorder, when there have been "Over a period of at least 6 months, recurrent and intense sexual arousal from touching or rubbing against a nonconsenting person, as manifested by fantasies, urges, or behaviors." "The individual has acted on these sexual urges with a nonconsenting person, or the sexual urges or fantasies cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning."


Is this disorder more frequent in men or women?

Frotteuristic disorder mainly concerns 15 to 25 year old men. The victims are mainly women.

Is there a treatment for frotteuristic disorder?

Yes, but people with frotteuristic disorder rarely seek psychological help. Most often, a desire to change comes from a court order or from a depressive mood. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy helps not acting out on the frotteuristic fantaisies.

List of paraphilic disorders

Here is a non-exhaustive list of paraphilic disorders: fetishism, transvestism, sadism, masochism, zoophilia, voyeurism, exhibitionism, frotteurism, pedophilia, necrophilia, urophilia.