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Hello doc … I have an uncle who is suspected of having a mental disorder in which pedophilia. My statement is not without a fundamental reason because a lot of evidence and strangeness has happened to him. What can we do about the doc because it will be offensive to my uncle’s feelings when invited to a psychologist / psychiatrist?

1 Answer:

Hello Anonymous,


Thank you for the question.

Pedophilia (pedophilic disorder) is a psychiatric disorder, which makes a person sexually attracted to children who have not entered puberty (age less than 13 years), so often often imagine or even want to have real sexual relations with the child. According to the latest edition of the DSM (diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders) guidelines, pedophile sufferers must be at least 16 years or older, and at least 5 years older than the child they like. In addition, to be said to be a psychiatric disorder, this condition must persist, appearing continuously, with a disturbing intensity, for at least 6 consecutive months. If this fantasy or sexual desire is not satisfied, then the sufferer can feel anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and also disturbed his general functioning.


Someone should be suspected of experiencing pedophilia when often staring excessively at children, touching, squeezing parts of the body, even to the point of forcing children to have sex. Not infrequently, pedophiles will also collect images or videos of children to satisfy their fantasies and sexual desires.


However, ideally, a new pedophilia diagnosis is made directly by examination by a doctor or psychiatrist, so it is not only based on observations of ordinary people around. Because, in some cases, it may be that the person is only interacting with young children, but does not always have a sexual desire for him.


Therefore, there is no other step that can be done, except by inviting your uncle to see a doctor. Of course, it is not easy to get people to see a doctor like this, because he himself doesn't feel that he is sick. However, with a good way of speaking, by people who are trusted and elder by your uncle, of course this is not impossible to do.


Hope this helps ...

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