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Mood Disorders and Sexuality

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Cyclothymic disorder; Dysthymic disorder; Major depressive disorder; Quality of life, sexual; Well-being, sexual

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The current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR; American Psychiatric Association, 2000) identifies four specific mood disorders, generally divided into the depressive disorders and the bipolar disorders. Each of these disorders, and the medications which are often used to treat them, can have a significant impact on a person’s sexual well-being and general interest in sexual activity.

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Mood Disorders: Depressive Disorders

Two depressive disorders are recognized by the DSM-IV-TR: major depressive disorder (MDD) and dysthymic disorder. A diagnosis of MDD is made when depressive symptoms (i.e., depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, significant weight change, difficulty sleeping, restlessness or sluggishness, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, difficulty concentrating, and suicidality) are present...

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Armstrong, H., Michalak, E. (2014). Mood Disorders and Sexuality. In: Michalos, A.C. (eds) Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5_3925

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