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Psychological Issues That Can Cause Sexual Problems

Psychological Issues That Can Cause Sexual Problems

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Sexual impotency is common in people having psychological problems and healthy sexual function is one of the components of quality life. A patient with mental health problems under antipsychotic medication increase the chances of sexual problems as the medicines used causes sexual problems.

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How psychological issues interfere with sexual function?

People with psychological issues may go through depression, lack of interest in anything and effect of medicines affect the sexual function. mental health problems can cause all form of sexual problems usually causing more than one sexual problem. In some people psychological issues can severely affect sexual health.

Effect of antipsychotic medicines on sexual health

People suffering from mental health problems do recover from mental illness but makes it difficult to have sexual activities. Antipsychotics reduce sexual desire, causes difficulty in sexual arousal, orgasm problem, vaginal dryness, erectile dysfunction, etc. Erectile dysfunction occurs as the medicines for mental illness interfere with blood supply in the penis.

Impact of psychological illness on sexual health problems

Given below are the listed psychological issues that affect sexual health in men and women-


Anxiety is one of the major causes of erectile dysfunction. In women anxiety may cause orgasm problem or pain during sexual intercourse. Women who have had anxiety disorder commonly complain of painful sexual intercourse compared to those who never had anxiety problem.


In men depression is a cause for erectile dysfunction, impotency, low libido. In women it may cause pain during sex and loss of sexual desire. Women are more prone to suffer from depression, they become body cautious and do not feel confident in sexual activities with their partner.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

People who have been through trauma in their early life may have sexual problems. Women are more prone to suffer from PTSD when compared to men.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

A person with ADHD has impulsive behavior, is hyper active and finds it difficult to concentrate. A person with ADHD is either into severe hypersexuality or may not be interested in sex at all. In both the cases it can harm the relationship between the partners.

Eating disorder

Eating disorder is a mental health issue that affects the self-esteem and things that can affect sexuality. The physiological and emotional symptoms in eating disorder has a damaging effect on sexual health in men and women. 

To Conclude

Psychological issues are treatable conditions just as any physical health problems. Taking help from psychologist and sex therapist can help improve psychological issues and related sexual problems. Mental health is a serious health concern not just for sexual health but for the overall health of an individual.

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