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Diagnostic Criteria of Major Sexual Dysfunctions

For this Discussion, you analyze the diagnostic criteria of major sexual dysfunctions and disorders in the DSM. Review the case study below and reflect on which DSM sexual dysfunction/disorder might be the most reflective of the client's symptoms. Then consider a counterargument as to why this dysfunction/disorder might not be appropriate for this client.

Susan, age 34, is a married mother of two preschool-aged children (ages 4 and 2). Her husband, Steve, age 35, works full-time, and Susan works part-time on the weekends but primarily is a stay-at-home mother to her children.

The couple sought couples counseling, and their primary presenting concern was that Susan has not had any interest in sex with Steve for the past year. The couple reports that they have had intercourse about 3 times in the past year ("always at Steve's initiation"); they rarely display physical affection toward one another; and they fought frequently about their lack of sex for about the first six months of the past year, but lately they have not fought often about the issue.

The partners indicate that, up until a year ago, Susan was very interested in sex, and they had sex approximately 3 times per week throughout their marriage (aside from immediately following the birth of their children). Susan states that she can't pinpoint any particular reason for her lack of interest in sex and says, "Really, I just don't want it anymore. I'm not sure if I ever will again." Steve says that he is very frustrated but doesn't want to fight about it. He says, "I just want my wife back."
With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 4 an explanation of which DSM sexual dysfunction or disorder might be the most reflective of the client's symptoms. Provide a counter-argument for why the dysfunction or disorder you selected might not be appropriate for this client. Justify your response with references to the Learning Resources and the DSM.

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In this situation it appears that Susan suffers from hypoactive sexual desire disorder. This is due to the fact that she exhibits the very strong symptom of not having any desire for sexual intercourse, as well as not having any form of fantasies concerning sexual intercourse as well. In addition, what is supportive of ...

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