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Psychiatry (Edgmont). 2008 Jun;5(6):50-5.

Sexual desire disorders.

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Dr. Montgomery is a fourth year resident at Wright State University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Dayton, Ohio.


Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) and sexual aversion disorder (SAD) are an under-diagnosed group of disorders that affect men and women. Despite their prevalence, these two disorders are often not addressed by healthcare providers and patients due their private and awkward nature. As physicians, we need to move beyond our own unease in order to adequately address our patients' sexual problems and implement appropriate treatment. Using the Sexual Response Cycle as the model of the physiological changes of humans during sexual stimulation and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition this article will review the current literature on the desire disorders focusing on prevalence, etiology, and treatment.


desire disorder; hypoactive sexual disorder; sexual arousal disorder; sexual desire disorders; sexual disorders; sexual dysfunction; sexual response cycle; sexuality


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