More Evidence Antidepressants Might Induce Sexual Dysfunction Even After Stopping Them

Rob Wipond
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A retrospective study in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry identified 183 possible cases of people who suffered sexual dysfunction that endured even after stopping taking SSRI antidepressants. Of these, the Israeli researchers identified “23 high-probability cases” of “Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction” (PSSD).

“Possible cases were subjects with normal pretreatment sexual function who first experienced sexual disturbances while using a single SSRI/SNRI, which did not resolve upon drug discontinuation for 1 month or longer,” wrote the researchers. “High-probability cases were also younger than 50-year-olds; did not have confounding medical conditions, medications, or drug use; and had normal scores on the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale.”

“Limitations of the study include retrospective design and selection and report biases that do not allow generalization or estimation of incidence,” noted the researchers. “However, our findings add to previous reports and support the existence of PSSD, which may not be fully explained by alternative nonpharmacological factors related to sexual dysfunction, including depression and anxiety.”

The website RxISK has been tracking cases of apparent post-SSRI sexual dysfunction.

Ben-Sheetrit, Joseph, Dov Aizenberg, Antonei B. Csoka, Abraham Weizman, and Haggai Hermesh. “Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction: Clinical Characterization and Preliminary Assessment of Contributory Factors and Dose-Response Relationship.” Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, March 2015, 1. doi:10.1097/JCP.0000000000000300. (Abstract)

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Rob Wipond
Rob Wipond is a Victoria, British Columbia-based freelance journalist who has been writing on mental health issues for fifteen years. His research has particularly focused on the interfaces between psychiatry, the justice system, and civil rights. His articles have been nominated for three Canadian National Magazine Awards, six Western Magazine Awards, and four Jack Webster Awards for journalism. He can be contacted through his website.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. “High-probability cases were also younger than 50-year-olds; did not have confounding medical conditions, medications, or drug use; and had normal scores on the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale.”

    Absolutely true. And the psychiatrists have no clue what the adverse withdrawal effects of their antidepressants are. So they misdiagnose the common symptoms of antidepressant withdrawal syndrome as the major “mental illnesses,” and put innocent and healthy patients on their neuroleptics.

    And when a psychiatrist puts a non-psychotic person on an antipsychotic, well, it can make the innocent and healthy person psychotic. Proof from drugs.com:

    “neuroleptics … may result in … the anticholinergic intoxication syndrome … Central symptoms may include memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, hallucinations, psychosis, delirium, hyperactivity, twitching or jerking movements, stereotypy, and seizures.”

    Then the psychiatrists misdiagnose the central symptoms of neuroleptic induced anticholinergic intoxication syndrome as either bipolar or schizophrenia. And they try to make the person psychotic, with the antipsychotics forever, because this is what is profitable for the psychiatrists.

    Psychiatry is just a big scam.

  2. Haven’t you heard? The “mentally ill” aren’t supposed to have and enjoy sex! That seems to be the prevailing attitude amongst “doctors.”

    And the general public appears to thing so, too. After all, if you are “mentally ill” you should be out of sight, out of mind and preferably locked up on a ward somewhere.

    • That’s right. Wouldn’t want them to reproduce too much. This is a brilliant eugenics program in that the sexual dysfunction is framed by psychiatry and big pharma as being an unfortunate side-effect of a necessary medical treatment. Responsibility is diffused and no one is held accountable.

  3. Before I was given PSSD from ‘mental health’ drugs. I was really so happy looking forward to my life, to enjoy all the freedoms wasting time being stuck in the childhood ‘mental health system’ and it’s ‘special needs schools’ had kept me from. I was so incredibly happy to just be able to be in the normal world looking forward to my life, I had just started working as a job and had my own independent home. Flat sharing with friends and moving towns was an exciting goal of mine. 20 seemed a little late to start living but I didn’t care.

    At 21 my genitals wen’t numb and unresponsive to arousal and I was promised it would go back to normal when I come off the ‘medications’. That never happened and they did not know what they were doing and even said the revelation that was a first ‘don’t worry everyone on antipsychotics has messed up brain prolactin female hormone levels’. My family from the age of nine were just under the false impression it was there to help me with my Tourrettes Syndrome. Alongside that junk supposedly ‘antidepressant’ poison as the must for OCD.

    They then said it ‘wasn’t possible’ your prolactin would still be high ‘the drugs are completely out your system’ BS, and talked to me that It’s probable I have some ‘unrelated’ brain tumour, then some ‘unrelated’ hypothorydoism (from blood tests). I didn’t have either, but PSSD remained.

    I wish I was dead every day now. They have completely stripped away my humanity at the same time they have stripped away my sexuality. The degrading de-humanisation IS the same as an ‘eunoch’, look it up… De-masculaniting another human being in this way violating their sexuality and emotions for life every second of every day is the worst human rights abuse you could imagine. I cannot bear being around other people in the same room anymore, I simply am not human with human rights compared to them.

    Naturally I struggle to make sense to them, or connect in any way with them. It is unbearably life destroying and de-humanising. They are humans, and I am not. Others were allowed and encouraged to do this to me, and they refuse to warn others so they can pick up their money and live their own well funded fulfilling lives with families. My life is over, they stole it. And they will steal many others before they are finished.

    I have no ambition anymore, have other sustained damage to my digestive system for example (I **** myself too). I wish I was dead, I really wish I was dead or they could give me my life back and I could just go back to normal and get on with the rest of my life straight away. Withdrawal was bad enough, why could that not have been punishment enough?

    It’s been over 7 years with this permanent hell. I do not know how I have managed to still be here. I am dependent now, I volunteer part time and being around other people at work is extremely torturous. Maybe I will die after I have finished exposing it myself or when my mum dies. I had ambitions, I don’t anymore.
    Not that I believe in ‘diagnosis’s’ as the real way to explain peoples nature anymore. But drugging people and making the so called ‘mentally ill’ peoples genitals go numb on mass without telling or asking them is abhorrently cruel.

    This is what other children have to look forward too…