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

Steven P. Roose, MD, Guest Editor

Published: May 1, 2002

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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.’

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