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Save Your Sex Life even if You're Depressed

Depression affects every part of daily life, including sex. It curbs sex drive and some depression medicines can curb your libido.

What’s most important, experts say, is to never stop depression treatment out of fear that your r…

Depression affects every part of daily life, including sex. It curbs sex drive and some depression medicines can curb your libido.

What’s most important, experts say, is to never stop depression treatment out of fear that your relationships and sex live will suffer. That’s because depression itself can hurt relationships and may cause loved ones to take these problems personally.

“In depression, the chemical soup often isn’t right,” says Russell Stambaugh, PhD, a sex therapist in Ann Arbor, Mich., and a spokesman for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. “The brainis important for sexuality because of the chemistry, but it’s also important for ideas. It helps how you experience pleasure and how you define it.”

Whatever is happening with your sex life, it's important to treat depression first. Address any sexual side effects later.

Depression is the top cause of disability in the U.S. for people aged 15-44. Men and women struggle equally with sexual problems during depression.

People with chronic depression can experience a loss of desire, take longer to orgasm, and simply find sex less enjoyable.

Antidepressant drug side effects can be tied to the dose prescribed. So sometimes simply lowering the dose will treat the depression without blocking sexual desire, says Frederick K. Goodwin, MD, who serves on the scientific council for the National Alliance for Research on Schizophreniaand Depression.

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