The Impact of Psychiatric Disorders and Medications on Sexual Dysfunction


Tel Aviv University, Israel


Sexual Dysfunction is prevalent among psychiatric patients and may be related to both the psychopathology and the pharmacotherapy. For instance, sexual dysfunction has been reported in as many as 30-60% of patients with schizophrenia treated with antipsychotic medications, up to 78% of individuals with depression treated with antidepressants, and up to 80% in patients suffering from anxiety disorders.

In this workshop, the bio- psycho-social model of the normal phases of sexual function: desire, arousal, ejaculation and satisfaction will be presented, followed by an update of sexual dysfunction and treatment approaches in patients with schizophrenia, depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders and personality disorders.

 Awareness of the prevalence and of the hypothesized mechanisms of sexual dysfunctions in psychiatric patients would improve the attitude of the treating physician towards sexual difficulties in those patients and result in increased compliance with treatment and quality of life on the patients’ part.