I'm not a psychologist and I haven't really looked into this deeply yet. But I know that the DSM-V is going to be released relatively soon and I'm curious if anyone here knows if the diagnosis and treatment of paraphilias will be changed in this latest edition... I also wonder if ABDL will be specifically mentioned and/or addressed since we have become a little more 'public' through Dr. Phil, My Strage Addiction, and other television shows.
Any people "in the know"?
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Ok so in partial answer to my own question, it appears that the DSM-V significantly broadens the definition of paraphilias to include any sexual attraction to anything that isn't genitals in preparation for intercourse.
Yet paraphilia in itself isn't considered a problem or illness... However, they can become a problem (labeled "paraphilic disorders") when they cause significant distress or conflict on people's lives in major ways.
This article suggests that 'social norms' still guides the DSM in whether or not it considers certain sexual behaviors as 'healthy' or not.