Psychiatric Disorders

Depression

Depression can impact significantly on a person’s sexual expression, firstly because sexual disinterest is a common symptom of depression. Furthermore, a person may feel isolated from their partner, which will continue to impact negatively on the relationship. Sexual satisfaction also decreases. Initially, some people find it difficult to deal with depression. Some antidepressive pills  may decrease libido and delay orgasm. However, not all classes of anti-depressants affect sexual desire in the same way; therefore it is important to discuss different options with a doctor. Alternatively, psychotherapy is also effective in dealing with depression and its impact.

 

Anxiety

Anxiety is related to a number of sexual disorders, including premature ejaculation, delayed ejaculation, anorgasmia (inability to orgasm in females), decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, decreased arousal and  hypersexuality (sexual addiction).

Help can be sought from a doctor who can prescribe from a number of anti-anxiety medications, or a therapist or counsellor. The latter can help the person understand the cause of their anxiety, how this is impacting their life and how to manage it.