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Prevalent Anxiety Disorders and Sexual Issues

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My husband and I have been married for 2 years, together for 8, since we were 15. Throughout this time I have been battling GAD, Social Anxiety, PTSD- from an arson fire (2 years ago)set in the apartment next to us in the middle of the night, and panic disorder. Last year I was hospitalized for suicidal ideation – this allowed me to get the help I needed. I have come a long way through therapies and medications and have fewer symptoms. When we were teenagers sex was not an issue however, now I find myself unable to desire it. This has become a major problem in my marriage. Are there any tips to help me overcome this issue?

Prevalent Anxiety Disorders and Sexual Issues

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A: Changes in sexual interest and desire can be caused by many issues, both psychological and physical.

Low libido can be a common side effect of many psychotropic medications, so I would start there with your search for a cause. The trauma you survived could also be a contributing factor, now that you have addressed some of the primary effects. Have you talked with your therapist about your concerns?

You and your husband met when you were so young and have been together long enough that you might just be going through normal developmental changes as a couple. Most couples go through “dry spells” and times when they feel a little more distance, just like there may be times that you feel very close and connected. If the issue continues, I’d suggest seeking out a good marriage counselor. 

I’d also suggest speaking with your medical doctor about having some blood work completed, especially hormone and thyroid levels.

There are many books available for couples to enhance sexual intimacy and there are therapists who specialize in these areas as well. Hope things get better soon. Be patient.

All the best,

Dr. Holly Counts

Prevalent Anxiety Disorders and Sexual Issues

Holly Counts, Psy.D.

Dr. Holly Counts is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She utilizes a mind, body and spirit approach to healing. Dr. Counts received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wright State University and her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Counts has worked in a variety of settings and has specialized in trauma and abuse, relationship issues, health psychology, women’s issues, adolescence, GLBT, life transitions and grief counseling. She has specialty training in guided imagery, EMDR, EFT, hypnosis and using intuition to heal. Her current passion involves integrating holistic and alternative approaches to health and healing with psychology.

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Counts, H. (2018). Prevalent Anxiety Disorders and Sexual Issues. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 24, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2014/04/15/prevalent-anxiety-disorders-and-sexual-issues/
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