Magdalena Siembab


Allopellia

Definition:
Allopellia refers to sexual urges, preferences, or fantasies having to do with watching other people perform sexual acts (Allopellia).

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Roman Gods engaging in Allopellia


Symptoms:
This includes interest in watching other people perform sexual acts, investing a lot of time thinking about watching others perform sexual acts, recurring intense sexual fantasies and/or urges regarding others perform sexual acts (Symptoms of Allopellia).


Similarities:
Allopellia is a variation of Voyeurism, which is a psychosexual disorder where a person receives pleasure from looking at naked bodies or observing the sexual acts of others. This is a form of paraphilia. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders have two criteria for a diagnosis:
  • Over a period of at least six months, an individual must experience recurrent, intense, sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors that involve the act of observing an unsuspecting person who is naked, in the process of disrobing, or engaging in sexual activity (Voyeurism).
  • The fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors must cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
Allopellia can be compared to watching a porn video, with the exception of being physically there with the people while they are engaging in sexual activity. The difference between Voyeurism is “if the person watched is the in act of disrobing, or nude” while allopellia is “if the watched persons are complete strangers. (Aggrawal Anil)

Peeping toms could also be categorized as allopelliacs. A peeping tom is a person who peeks into windows, or other openings, with the intention of getting a sexual trill from seeing others undress or couples engaging in sexual activity. This is treated as a crime based on sexual deviancy, which varies state by state. The victims can bring a lawsuit for invasion of privacy (Peeping Tom).


Causes of Allopellia could be related to:
  • Sexual condition
  • Mental health condition
  • Phobias and philias


Treatment:
Treatment is usually not sought after unless the condition becomes problematic for the person in some way and wants to address their condition. Most learn to accept their fetish and manage it in an appropriate manner. This fetish does not usually create any problems, but options for treatment include psychoanalysis, behavior therapy, drug therapy, hypnosis, and cognitive therapy. Treatment often includes learning to control the sexual impulse and find other means of sexual gratification (Treatment).


Doctors and specialists in Allopellia and related areas include:
  • Psychiatry
    • Addiction psychiatry
    • Geriatric psychiatry
    • Pediatric/Adolescent psychiatry
    • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Pediatric development behavioral health
  • Psychosomatic medicine


References:
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"Allopellia." Wrong Diagnosis. Health Grades Inc. Web. 09 Apr. 2011. <http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/a/allopellia/intro.htm>.

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"Doctors and Medical Specialists for Allopellia." Wrong Diagnosis. Web. 10 Apr. 2011. <http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/a/allopellia/doctors.htm>.

"Peeping Tom Law & Legal Definition." Legal Definitions Legal Terms Dictionary. Web. 10 Apr. 2011. <http://definitions.uslegal.com/p/peeping-tom>.

"Symptoms of Allopellia" Wrong Diagnosis. Web. 09 Apr. 2011. <http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/a/allopellia/symptoms.htm>.

"Voyeurism." Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders. Web. 09 Apr. 2011. <http://www.minddisorders.com/Py-Z/Voyeurism.html>.