A psychiatrist explains: Thurgau's peasant must undergo therapy - it seems 2

A psychiatrist explains: Thurgau's peasant must undergo therapy – it seems

For years, Andreas F. * (30) passed away from sheep, cows, calves, goats and pigs. No animal was safe from him on his parents' farm in Thurgau – not even his own bitch. It was only after a painful sexual accident with a bull that a young farmer (BLICK) flew off.

The district court of Weinfelden TG sentenced F. to three years of psychotherapy. His sexual desire for animals should be treated.

Therapy will not be easy for the farmer

For now, little is known about sexual disorder. Reason: Very few patients with zoophilia (translated as "love for animals") are even on treatment.

Often, patients are ashamed or afraid of maliciousness in their surroundings, Sebastian Dittert knows. A specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy conducted a scientific study of zoophilia. "Often people work closely with animals," says Dr. LOOK.

She assumes that therapy is not easy for the farmer. Also because he is surrounded by an animal farm on his parents' farm for an entire hour. Because: "The temptation lurks in the barn," says the specialist.

"Now he has to deal with that"

What exactly F. will look like is hard to say. The central question is whether Thurgauer suffered from his zoophilia. If not, it may be difficult for the therapist to find access. Dittert: "The patient then thinks: Why should he be treated for something that doesn't bother him?"

Even if the farmer does not suffer from his sexual disorder, it does not mean premature end of therapy. "I would investigate whether the farmer is suffering from another mental disorder or illness. It may be, for example, psychosis or personality disorder. It may not be the cause of zoophilia, but there may be a relationship," explains the psychiatrist.

In addition, therapy to support peasants to endure shame and social rejection is also important. Dittert: "He has to deal with it now. It's not an easy task."