Depression dating relationships
It’s different, and then you have to figure out if it’s bad or good.
In fact, once the depression is treated, they may have a different view about sex altogether.” Antidepressant drug side effects can be tied to the dose prescribed.
Chronic depression affects every part of daily life, including sex. But there are some tried-and-true ways to successfully treat depression without ruining your sex life.
"Just the having the conversation about what you want sexually reduces the negative feelings that are folded into the depression,” he says.
“The big challenge for doctors treating patients with chronic depression is that the person has been thinking about himself or herself that way for so long that it becomes a habit,” Goodwin says.
“Just correcting the brain chemistry isn’t going to fix the problem," Goodwin says.
And some depression medicines can curb your libido. 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, Ph D, a sex therapist in Ann Arbor, Mich., and a spokesman for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.
“The brain is important for sexuality because of the chemistry, but it’s also important for ideas. Men and women struggle equally with sexual problems during depression.