Treating Sexual Dysfunction: Psychiatry's Role in Age of Sildenafil

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Question: Does the presence of depression affect treatment of erectile dysfunction? Or does treatment of erectile dysfunction affect depressive illness? Dr. Seidman: The relationship between erectile dysfunction and depression is bidirectional and complex. It’s often unclear which came first: depressive symptoms caused by erectile dysfunction or erectile dysfunction resulting from depression. We know that sexual dysfunction is prevalent in about 30% to 40% of the population, with one of the most frequent problems being decreased sexual desire.​

J Clin Psychiatry 2002;63(suppl 5):23-25