Sexual Dysfunction with Antidepressants – Conversations with Prof Anita Clayton

Posted on June 28, 2017

Prof Anita Clayton’s clinical practice and research interests focus on women’s mental health and sexual dysfunctions. She is the David C. Wilson Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, with a secondary appointment as professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology. She is board certified in psychiatry and neurology.

Take home messages:

Whether sexual dysfunction occurs as a result of depression or antidepressant therapy; you see a diminished quality of life in individuals affected, you see an impact on their relationships and as a result you see problems with maintaining adherence with their antidepressant treatment.

  • A cross-sectional study done in a 1000 Primary Care Doctors in U.S where 70% of patients wanted to participate in the study found –

SSRI’s have a class effect in terms of negative effects on sexual functioning; whereas drugs that work by different mechanisms of action are more likely to have less negative effects on sexual functioning