Rescuing Your Most Important Relationships

Book of the Month

Sex, Love, and Mental Illness: A Couple’s Guide to Staying Connected

– Stephanie Buehler

Both parties need to understand the effects of mental illness-and of the medications used to treat it-on sexual desire and performance. The author  provide ways to maintain both physical and emotional intimacy in a relationship.

The first section of the book centers on common sexual concerns and loving someone with a mental disorder. The second addresses a wide range of mental disorders, their effects on relationships, and ways couples can work together to overcome those effects. Among the conditions covered are mood disorders; anxiety disorders; chronic pain; eating disorders; substance-related disorders; post traumatic stress; ADD; Asperger’s Syndrome; and even severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia. The emphasis throughout is on each partner developing empathy and communication skills to enhance the sexual experience and preserve a healthy relationship.

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