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Sexual Dysfunction Research

(Also Known As: Sexual Disorder Research, Male Dysfunction Research, Erectile Dysfunction Research, Female Dysfunction Research)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Sexual Dysfunction Related Research

SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION AND DSM CRITERIA

Richard Balon M.D. et. al reflected in their study the lack of movement in sharpening and redefining the DSM criteria for diagnosing sexual dysfunction. They claim that there is a lack of operational criteria for diagnosing the condition in similar ways to the operational criteria for diagnosing other mental disorders. They stress three important issues that needed to be addressed in the next revision of DSM criteria: 10

  1. When does a sexual problem become a sexual dysfunction?
  2. Whether distress should be used as a diagnostic criterion for sexual disorder
  3. Whether there should be specific duration criterion for sexual dysfunction.

PREDICTORS OF SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION IN CITALOPRAM-TREATED DEPRESSED PATIENT

Perlis RH et. al of the Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital identified sexual dysfunction as a major factor for the discontinuation of treatment and non-adherence of patients treated with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, based on their research. However, the actual mechanism of how SSRI exposure can cause sexual dysfunction remains to be unknown. Genetic polymorphisms were studied with serotonin and glutamate systems for their association with erectile dysfunction, decreased libido and anorgasmia during the citalopram treatment. Participants of the research reported decreased libido with 54%. 36% of the participants also reported difficulty in achieving orgasm and 37% reported erectile dysfunction. 11

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