Sexual dysfunction often accompanies anxiety disorders

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Last Updated: 2001-07-16 12:03:38 EDT (Reuters Health)

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Many people with panic disorder or social phobia have sexual problems as well, study results suggest. The findings may have implications for therapy, the investigators suggest, since some of the drugs used to treat these disorders have sexual side effects.

Dr. Ivan Figueira, of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and colleagues reviewed the records of 30 patients with social phobia and 28 with panic disorder. About 75% of patients with panic disorder and 33% of those with social phobia had reported sexual dysfunction, the researchers report in Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Among patients with panic disorder, sexual aversion disorder was the most common type of sexual problem, affecting about 36% of men with panic disorder and 50% of women.

Among male patients with social phobia, premature ejaculation was the most common type of sexual problem.

For patients who have anxiety disorder and premature ejaculation, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors may be a good choice, Dr. Figueira's team indicates. Not only are the drugs effective at relieving anxiety, they also may prevent premature ejaculation by delaying orgasm, the researchers note.

Antipanic drugs may be appropriate for patients with panic disorder who also suffer from sexual aversion disorder, the authors suggest, since the sexual problems may be caused by the panic disorder.

Arch Sex Behav 2001;30:369-377.

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