An Expert View on PSSD: ‘I Have a Hunch As to What Might Be Causing It’

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From Independent.ie: “While research into the underlying biological mechanisms of the disorder remains in its infancy, [Dr. David] Healy has a hunch as to where the problem lies. ‘I suspect that the peripheral nerve endings in the skin are no longer functioning as they should,’ he says.

In Healy’s view, the development of a medical test might also validate the disorder which, though it was first reported to UK and US regulators in 1991, did not receive medical recognition from the European Medicine Agency until 2019.

‘The problem a lot of people have is they go to their doctor and they are disbelieved,’ says Healy. ‘If we had a test to show that the person’s peripheral nerve endings weren’t working right, that would change the discussion between the doctor and the patient.'”

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  1. ‘If we had a test to show that the person’s peripheral nerve endings weren’t working right [after SSRI treatment], that would change the discussion between the doctor and the patient.’” and prove that under some conditions, perhaps to be determined, SSRIs are neutotoxic.
    Depression, hypersensitivity, nerve damage.
    Could it be an effect just on the peripheral nervous system?.

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  2. And there might be more cases among people who have withdrawn that little by little slided into genital anesthesia/hypoesthesia. Like it became the new normal so gradually that it might feel or make one believe it was always like this way now. Sometimes even without chemicals, just the human stuff, it takes time to realize: I was not always like this. Like they talk about how great life felt after stopping relatively prolonged heavy alcohol drinking: “I didn’t remember how great could feel being alive”.
    Except in the PSSD case might seem harder to realize since depression is imputed to cause sexual dysfunction…

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