You may have heard of the "peeping Tom" who derives sexual pleasure from watching other people undress or engage in sexual activities, but voyeurism is actually a serious sexual disorder that can cause serious problems in a person's life. For some voyeurs the sexual arousal is derived from simply watching a person undress, but others also need to watch sexual intercourse to become aroused. No matter the intensity of the disorder, online therapy for voyeurism can typically be helpful. There are other things to know about the causes and symptoms of voyeurism, however, before a decision about treatment should be made.
Causes of Voyeurism
As with many other paraphilias, the exact nature of voyeurism is not known, but many believe voyeurism is caused in part by sexual trauma during childhood. Children who are abused are usually more susceptible to problems of this nature. While the causes of this disorder may not be known, there are many symptoms that are exhibited by people with this problem. As mentioned some people have the occasional fantasy about voyeurism, but for some reason other people are unable to resist the urge to act out the fantasies in real life. This may point to impulsive or obsessive compulsive disorders also being partially responsible for this disorder.
Symptoms of Voyeurism
It is common for some people to occasionally fantasize about watching others performing sexual acts or in various states of undress, but when the sexual desires and urges are acted out in real life or continue for months, gaining in intensity, it may be a sign of this sexual disorder. Other symptoms include problems that may occur as a result of the acts of voyeurism. For example, criminal charges due to voyeurism is a big symptom of a serious problem.
Treatment for Voyeurism
Even though the exact causes of this sexual disorder are not known, there are actually many treatment options available for people who suffer from voyeurism. For a while now, psychotherapy has been used to help deal with the symptoms of the disorder while also using behavioral therapy to change the way people react to their sexual urges when they appear. Here at GoMentor.com, we have combined the best of psychotherapy with the power of the Internet. We've made it simple to book and conduct online therapy sessions with therapists who specialize in this and other sexual disorders. These therapists can also assist with practical tips on dealing with this particular disorder. The goal of any treatment should be to uncover the underlying cause of the disorder so that healing can begin.
Definition of Voyeurism
Voyeurism is sexual pleasure or arousal derived from watching naked people while not being observed. Treatment options for voyeurism include therapy and counseling.
Symptoms of / Reasons for Voyeurism
- Sexual fantasies or desires revolving around watching a person undress or engage in sexual activity
- Sexual urges cause problems in other areas of life, including relationships