Hypoactive Sexual Desire

This disorder may be present when a person has decreased sexual fantasies and a decreased or absent desire for sexual activity. in order to be considered a sexual disorder the decreased desire must cause a problem for the individual. in this situation the person usually does not initiate sexual activity and may be slow to respond to his/her partner's sexual advances. This disorder can be present in adolescents and can persist throughout a person's life. Many times, however, the lowered sexual desire occurs during adulthood, often times following a period of stress.

The disturbance causes marked distress or interpersonal difficulty. The sexual dysfunction is not accounted for by another mental disorder (except another sexual dysfunction) and is not due exclusively to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition.

Some evidence suggests that relationship issues and/or sexual trauma in childhood may play a role in the development of this disorder. Life stressors or other interpersonal difficulties.

Treatment involves sex therapy which my include psychological and behavior therapy. Treatment would involve discovering and resolving underlying conflict or life difficulties.

The prognosis of this disease varies individually and can resolve permanently or reoccur after a stress.

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