Antidepressants & Sexual Function


Two studies of the effects of antidepressants on sexual function – one on the relative effects across classes of antidepressants on men, the other on the effects of SSRIs on women – appear in this month’s Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. I would bet SSRI induced sexual dysfunction is responsible for a percentage of divorces, when couples fight “make up sex” is an important part of reconciliation. Or couples fight more cause of the SSRI sexual dysfunction in the first place.

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