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Depression, Antidepressants, and Sexual Functioning

  • Christina M. DordingEmail author
  • Sean D. Boyden
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Part of the Current Clinical Psychiatry book series (CCPSY)

Abstract

Sexual functioning is complex, and sexual dysfunction may involve any component of the sexual response cycle including libido, arousal, or orgasm. The etiology of most forms of sexual dysfunction is multifactorial and may be physical or psychological. Those suffering from depression may note a change in sexual functioning secondary to their underlying psychiatric condition or quite often, to the antidepressants prescribed to treat their depression. In such situations, patients often become noncompliant with their antidepressant treatment, potentially increasing their risk for serious complications of untreated depression. It is therefore of great importance for clinicians to recognize this side effect and treat it appropriately.

In this chapter we discuss the etiology and prevalence of antidepressant-induced sexual dysfunction from a research perspective and discuss the management of this condition, as well as exploring the available data on possible treatments.

Keywords

Sexual functioning Depression Antidepressants Libido Natural remedies 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Depression Clinical and Research Program, Department of PsychiatryMassachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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