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Voyeurism is a clinical disorder listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), as a paraphilic disorder and is referred to as voyeuristic disorder. It is characterized by behavior or fantasies of watching another person, without the person’s knowledge, engage in an act that may be directly sexual (having sex, masturbating) or indirectly sexual (changing clothes), for the sexual pleasure of the viewer, the voyeur. The actual rates of voyeuristic disorder are difficult to ascertain due to underreporting, but it is recognized as one of the most common paraphilias in the general population. Research on the treatment of voyeurism is limited but indicates that psychological and pharmacological treatments are effective, especially when used in combination.

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