Case Reports in Psychiatry / 2016 / Article / Tab 1

Case Report

Sexual Masochism Disorder with Asphyxiophilia: A Deadly yet Underrecognized Disease

Table 1

Comparison of the characteristics of death due to autoerotic asphyxia and suicide.

Death due to autoerotic asphyxiaSuicide

The deceased died of asphyxia due to a binding that was designed to cause hypoxia while he/she was engaged in some form of solitary sexual activityAbsence of some form of sexual activity

Participants often adopt a “rescue mechanism” in case they lose consciousness It rarely involves rescue mechanisms

It does not involve antemortem evidence of suicidal ideation or depressionIt involves antemortem evidence of suicidal ideation or depression

It can be often accompanied with other paraphilias (e.g., bondage and transvestism) It is not accompanied with paraphilias

Predominant rates among men relative to womenPredominant rates among men relative to women

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