DSM-5 & Pedophilia: “Interest”, “Orientation”, or “Disorder”?


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has revised its description of pedophilia in the DSM-5 from a “sexual orientation” to “sexual interest”, and affirmed its strong support of efforts to criminally prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to develop treatment for those diagnosed with pedophilic disorder.  Decoded Science reviews the APA’s fraught history of categorizing sexuality.

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Further interest:
Pedophilia and the American Psychiatric Association: Mental Illness vs. Aberration (Decoded Science)
About that pedophile-sexual ‘orientation’ description: Whoops, just a typo (One News)

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. satan is the so-called “god of this world” and the so-called “god of sexual immorality”.

    I’m a living witness of satan in its true physical form. Biblical accounts: satan is often a PHYSICAL presence, where God is a voice. satan was most certainly a physical presence, in MY life. I was a child when it presented itself to me. PHYSICALLY.

    As I have known it, discussing these issues is NOT ALLOWED (“don’t tell”). Discussing the issues is very dangerous. People actually kill over it.

    I prefer to discuss the issues, in great detail. Here’s an interesting read (and if you, the reader, read it with deep interest, what does that tell you about yourself?)


    *MY* entire life is all satan and jesus and god.

    And sex.

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