Being fascinated by a thing could be taken as a form of admiration but fetishism goes beyond the realm of fascination and is slotted under the head of psychological disorders. Fetishism is defined as sexual stimulation resulting from either a body part or inert object that in particular does not have any apparent sexuality linked to it.
A sexual fetish is designated as a disorder only when it disrupts routine functioning of the concerned individual. Some of markers of this disorder include repetitive sexual fantasies associated with the fetish object, the use of the fetish for sexual arousal or satisfaction, psychological distress owing to the fetish, and adverse implications on one’s personal and professional life.
The usage of medication for treatment of fetishism is still in the experimental stages. Certain drugs such as Topiramate and Mirtazapine have been utilized in case studies for the cure of this psychological disorder. However, presently the best treatment for this disorder comes in the form of therapies.
Psychoanalytical therapy is a form of healing involving dream scrutiny and talk therapy. Both these methods of the therapy are aimed towards the detection of the underlying distress giving way to the obsessive behavior. Another common form of therapy used in such cases is termed as cognitive behavioral therapy. This is a two fold treatment addressing two main aspects involving the compulsive behavior. Firstly, the therapy aids in creating awareness within the affected individual about the absurdity associated with the fetish. Gradually, the individual is made to come to terms with the truth that an inert object has little to do with sexuality. Secondly, during the therapy the individual is trained to break off from his or her obsessive thoughts related to the fetish. Such forms of therapies have undoubtedly proved beneficial in suppressing fetishism.
More Articles :