Social Anxiety Disorder and Sexual Dysfunction
If you suffer from social anxiety disorder (SAD), you may also experience problems with sexual dysfunction. Sexual dysfunction may include things such as avoiding sex, erectile dysfunction, and decreased enjoyment of sex.
Whether you are male or female, having sexual problems can feel embarrassing and lonely. It is possible, however, to overcome these issues once their underlying reason has been addressed.
Reason for Sexual Dysfunction in People with SAD
Research is still in the early stages of the relationship between social anxiety disorder and sexual dysfunction. This relationship makes sense when you think about the fact that people with SAD are afraid of performance and social condition: Sex can draw out both of these fears.
While there is some evidence that social anxiety disorder and sexual dysfunction are connected, studies do not show that this is always the case. However, initial small studies suggest that there may be a link between SAD and sex.
Social Anxiety Disorder
In addition, men with social anxiety disorder were more likely to have paid for sex and women with SAD had fewer sexual partners.
In another study, researchers compared 30 people with social anxiety disorder and 28 people with panic disorder and found that 75 percent of those with panic disorder, versus 33 percent of those with a social anxiety disorder had sexual problems. The most frequent problem in males with a social anxiety disorder was premature ejaculation.
In a study comparing 106 individuals with social anxiety disorder, 164 people with sexual dysfunction, and 111 normal controls, men with SAD were found to be less sexually active but just as satisfied as male normal controls. Women with a social anxiety disorder were not found to differ from female normal controls.
How to Cope With Sexual Dysfunction
If you have been diagnosed with social anxiety disorder and are also experiencing problems with sexual functioning, it is essential (although probably nerve-wracking) to tell your doctor or therapist. Remember that this person is a professional and has probably heard it all before.
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