Frotteurism is a sexual disorder. People who have this disorder are sexually aroused by touching and rubbing their body against a non-consenting person. The behavior usually occurs in crowded places.
The exact cause of this disorder is not known. Experts think it may be caused by differences in the brain or nervous system. It might also be related to things such as child abuse or a family history of mental illness. This disorder is most common in males.
Symptoms of this disorder include:
Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms, relationships, medical history, and any drug or alcohol use. He or she may also ask if someone close to you has a history of mental illness. Your provider may also do a physical exam and order tests to rule out medical problems as a cause of your symptoms.
You may be diagnosed with frotteurism if:
Both therapy and medicines may be used to treat this disorder.
Different kinds of conditioning therapy may be used to treat this disorder:
Two kinds of medicines may be used to treat this disorder:
Frotteurism is considered a form of sexual assault and may be a criminal act. Seek help from your healthcare provider or a mental health professional.
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