Sexual desire in people with depression

It is estimated that at least 4% of the world’s population suffers from depression. However, the figure could be higher, up to 12%, because, according to experts, there are many undiagnosed cases.

Sexual desire in depressed people: new findings

One of the effects of depression is a decrease in sexual desire, and this is exacerbated by certain antidepressant drugs which cause alterations in sexual desire itself.

Àngel Luis Montejo, research coordinator of the psychiatry department of the Salamanca hospital, warns that studies show that the most widely used antidepressants, tricyclics and SSRIs cause alterations in sexual response in about 50% of patients treated.

This phenomenon is observed in patients regardless of their sex, and is generally an aspect underestimated by doctors, but which can still harm the mental state of the patient, also disrupting their marital relationship and therefore their desire to maintain relationships.

According to Montejo, the solution lies in treatment with dual antidepressants, stimulating norepinephrine and serotonin, as key hormones for improving mood and, therefore, sexual appetite.

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