Depression Links to Low Libido

Depression Links to Low Libido

Depression Links to Low Libido

The following is a guest post by Karen Abrams, M.D. who specializes in the treatment of behavioral health issues.   

Many patients who suffer from depression have a low libido (sex drive). Unfortunately, one of the most common classes of medicine to treat depression, the SSRI’s (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors), can potentiate a lack of interest in sex or cause a delayed response or inability to achieve orgasm.  Although there are other medicines that can be used alone or in combination to help counteract this unwanted side effect, it is always in the patient’s best interest to limit the number of medicines he/she will take.

A recent finding showed that doing 30 minutes of exercise right before sex led to increased desire and overall improvements in sexual relations. It makes sense, as antidepressants have been shown to depress the sympathetic nervous system which exercise increases. This study out of the University of Texas at Austin, to be published in the journal of Depression and Anxiety suggests that exercise may be a less expensive, safer and healthier alternative to treat the side effects of some of the antidepressants.

For the full story click here:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_143385.html

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Lauren Napolitano, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist

lauren@laurennapolitanopsyd.com

www.laurennapolitanopsyd.com

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