Sex Disorders and Depression

It is difficult to determine which begins first -- depression or sexual dysfunction. Some studies suggest there are high rates of sexual dysfunction in those who have mood disorders. Types of dysfunction associated with depression include low desire and orgasmic disorder. The use of anti-depressants make the situation more complicated because of their sexual side effects. Some studies show that the incidence of sexual function side effects is as high as 50% while other studies show no difference in sexual function between those who are taking anti-depressants and those who are not

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Last Updated: 21 August 2014

Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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