Talking to your doctor about mental health can be daunting. Talking to your doctor about sex can be daunting. Talking to your doctor about sex and mental health – oh dear.
I realized that conversations about women’s experiences with the birth control pill are not openly discussed in our homes, schools, and communities. Without these conversations happening, it is harder for people like me to identify between myths and the realities of women’s lived experiences.
Women with bipolar disorder have a high prevalence of sexual distress, and their sexual function is closely associated with their mood symptoms and perception of quality of life, according to a study published in the International Journal of Bipolar Disorders.
The Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology is a revolutionary new strategy to approach mental health diagnoses and all of the complex problems involved in them. Since the first Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) was introduced, mental health diagnoses have been plagued by inconsistency and subjectivity.
The population is so vulnerable because the stigmatized place that transgender people occupy in society translates into extremely high rates of poverty, substance abuse, mental health difficulties, homelessness and incarceration — all of which increase the odds of having sex without condoms or sharing needles, the two most common ways that HIV is spread in Read more
Many sex researchers don’t think sex and porn addiction are useful, empirically backed frameworks for understanding certain compulsive forms of sexual behavior.
There’s a lot of misinformation out there about female sexuality. Does some of the blame lie with the scientific research that is supposed to be above that kind of thing?
Again and again, I talk with young adults whose actions don’t line up with their stated intentions, desires, and beliefs. They seem to have difficulty quieting the outer noise, tuning into their inner values, beliefs, and emotions, and using that awareness to guide their behavior in their intimate relationships.
When I began counseling in the mid-1970s, hardcore pornography was difficult to obtain. But in recent decades, new electronic technologies have transformed it into a product that’s available to anyone—anytime, anywhere, and often cheap or free.
Wisconsin athlete Suzy Favor Hamilton was a three time Olympian and a local hero. Then news broke that she lived a second life as a professional escort in Las Vegas.
Gay rights shouldn’t depend on how a person came to be gay, and we should embrace the fact that sexuality can change, says developmental psychologist Lisa Diamond.
In the last decade, as coupledom itself has been legally redefined, a chorus of provocative voices in couples therapy has emerged, emphasizing the importance of good sex in relationships and sometimes suggesting the radical idea that couples fix the sex before tackling other issues.
Porn “addiction” has been a subject of considerable debate among psychologists and in pop culture.
The committee had voted 18-6, in a surprise reversal, to recommend that the organization now approve flibanserin as capable of treating low sexual desire in women. The decision was made even after the APA agreed to drop “Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder” in women from DSM-5 after controversy about its validity and setting—the disorder’s definition in Read more
In a seven-year study comparing HIV-positive women to HIV-negative women, researchers didn’t find any significant differences in behavior between the groups. “It was the most depressing study because it was only by the grace of God that women were negative. They were doing the same risky things that the positive women were doing,” says Gail Read more
Reducing the alchemy of attraction to a series of yes-or-no questions may seem a little mechanical, not to mention difficult to enforce. But if such a policy is what it takes to drive home the point to young adults that healthy sexual expression is based on respect for the other person, then yes, this is Read more