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How does depression affect sexual intimacy for veterans?

Depression impairs sexual function by lowering libido (sexual desire) and dulling feelings of pleasure. Veterans with depression may feel uninterested in sex, or have difficulty initiating or completing the act. This inability to be aroused or to perform then creates a loss of confidence, which can hurt the progress of recovery from depression. In addition, depression adds tension and strain to relationships with partners or spouses, which in turn affects sexual intimacy. Between 35% - 61% of depressed patients (depending on the severity of the condition) in the general population report having problems with sex. Antidepressant drugs such as SSRIs can sometimes have side effects that interfere with sexual desire and performance. Veterans using SSRIs to treat their depression might benefit from changing medications if they are experiencing a negative effect on their sexual lives.

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