Psychosexual dysfunction is the inability to become sexually aroused or achieve sexual satisfaction in the appropriate situations because of mental or emotional reasons. Although psychosexual dysfunction is not life threatening, it can have a major effect on your relationships and self-esteem Psychosexual dysfunction is a sexual dysfunction that is due to psychological causes rather than physical problems, medical illnesses, or the side effects of medication.
In most cases, each of these dysfunctions reflects the individual’s anxiety or other negative feelings about the sex act or partner, although emotional conflicts outside the sexual relationship itself can also produce failures of sexual function.
Some of the other psychological conditions include:
- Depression Anxiety—feelings of nervousness, fear, or worry
- Traumatic sexual experience, such as abuse or rape
- Guilty feelings, Stress, Negative body image
Appropriate Sex Therapy designed to help the individual relax in his or her sexual role, can often overcome the anxiety and eliminate the dysfunction, although the success of such therapy varies markedly among the various dysfunctions and among individual patients. When a specific physical condition predisposes to the dysfunction, it must be treated medically; alcoholism and endocrine or neurological disorders are among the common physical causes of sexual dysfunction. Sexual dysfunctions that are secondary to more severe psychological or personality disorders may require specific psychotherapy.