Our expert says:
This is a common issue after the diagnosis of a mental health problem, and there are a few approaches you could take that will be very helpful.
1. Discuss the medication with your husbands psychiatrist, to see if he is on the right doses, and to check if there is an alternative that may not effect sexual performance.
2. Check that your husband does not have an underlying medical disorder. This would entail getting your GP, a physician or urologist to check certain things like blood pressure, glucose levels, thyroid, testosterone etc.
3. The next thing to do, is to understand his problem with sexual desire as possibly part of the bipolar condition, and that when this settles, so will sexual activity become normalised.
4. There may be a part to play for medications that help with erectile dysfunction. Talk to your doctor about this.
5. Be very careful of not adding to the underlying problem by becoming too upset, judgemental, self-critical, angry or any of the other emotions that often gather around issues such as you have described. Adopt a non-judgemental and reassuring attitude, and above all work on your intimacy together, develop sexual connectedness that is non-penetrative in nature.
6. If you are still running into difficulty, seek the help of an experienced sex therapist near to you
Hope this helps
Anthony – SASHA. For further information please consult SASHA’S website at www.sexualhealth.qw.co.za/dru. For referral to a professional in your vicinity, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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