Introduction. Treating Sexual Dysfunction: Psychiatry’s Role in the Age of Sildenafil

View This PDF

NB: This article is only available as a PDF.

Because this piece does not have an abstract, we have provided for your benefit the first 3 sentences of the full text.

From the time of Freud, psychiatry and sex have been linked. In the early stages of its formation, psycho-analysis focused on the importance of libido in mental life, the role of sexual fantasies in psychological development, and, to a lesser degree, sexual perversions. As researchers in the field of psychiatry developed alternative explanations and motivations for human behavior, psychiatrists’ interest in sex waned over the years, and, in general, psychiatry has paid insufficient attention to either normal sexual behavior or the diagnosis of sexual dysfunction.​

J Clin Psychiatry 2002;63(suppl 5):3-4