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Doctor insights on: A Strange Case Of What I Believe To Be Sexual Anxiety

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Can there be a such thing as sexual anxiety?

Can there be a such thing as sexual anxiety?

Yes: Sexual anxiety is not at all uncommon. It's often based in performance anxiety, past verbally physically or sexually traumatic situations that have been experienced during intimate situations, or due to attitudes regarding sexuality that were learned while you were growing up. Please seek out the help of a psychologist to sort through these issues. Sometimes the medication is required but rarely so. If it turns out to be necessary, the most commonly prescribed medication would be low dose xanax prior to intercourse is very helpful. Of course, anxiety can also be experienced in the context of a loving relationship if communication and performance begins to break down. The psychologist certainly can be very helpful in that situation as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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How could i deal with anxiety after being sexually harassed?

How could i deal with anxiety after being sexually harassed?

If it occurred in : The workplace - was it already addressed using the organizations' venues for this? Have you been able to share with other's about your experience? If you have residual anxiety, would encourage you to consider working with a therapist who can help you recover your confidence ; to reduce your anxiety. Take care. ...Read more

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Why do I feel some extra anxiety after sexual activities?

Why do I feel some extra anxiety after sexual activities?

It depends: Many possible reasons for this -- can involve your feelings about sexual activity itself, and/or who you're having sex with. Some people feel guilty or ashamed about any sexual activity, so feel anxious about actually doing it. Also, the type of sexual activities can be anxiety-provoking -- like will you "get caught", get pregnant, get std; is it secret homosexual or extramarital affair, etc. ...Read more

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How to differentiate between sexual arousal and anticipatory anxiety?

How to differentiate between sexual arousal and anticipatory anxiety?

Anticipatory anxiety: is not specifically sexual in nature. We can have this prior to just about anything we do, especially if we are being evaluated for it. Feeling like we will be judged for sexual "performance" can cause anticipatory anxiety. So, they can be independent of one another or happen together. Focus on the feelings of others and it can help relieve the anxiety. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is there anxiety meds with no sexual side effects?

Yes: While ssri antidepressants are often used for anxiety & have sexual side-effects, benzodiazepine tranquilizers (valium, ativan, etc) usually don't. However, they're addictive. Buspar is for generalized anxiety & doesn't have sexual side-effects. Beta-blockers (propranolol etc) can be used for anxiety & rarely have sexual side-effects. And of course, there's therapy, meditation, yoga, etc... ...Read more

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How does sexual performance anxiety affect older men?

How does sexual performance anxiety affect older men?

Sex therapy: There are actually folks who specialize in this area and they are called sex therapists. As performance anxiety is quite common, a good sex therapist should be quite well versed at addressing your concerns and issues. I also suggest finding a patient partner. Share your concerns with he or she in an open and honest manner. Most people are more understanding than many might think. ...Read more

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What can you do to cure sexual performance anxiety, naturally?

What can you do to cure sexual performance anxiety, naturally?

Sex therapy: There are actually folks who specialize in this area and they are called sex therapists. As performance anxiety is quite common, a good sex therapist should be quite well versed at addressing your concerns and issues. I also suggest finding a patient partner. Share your concerns with he or she in an open and honest manner. Most people are more understanding than many might think. ...Read more

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i suffer from anxiety/DPDR. i need a med to cover all day base anxiety and one that could prevent an attack, without compromising sexual desire.

 i suffer from anxiety/DPDR. i need a med to cover all day base anxiety and one that could prevent an attack, without compromising sexual desire.

Consider therapy: In addition to medication for anxiety, consider psychotherapy. There are numerous brief interventions that are very effective in decreasing anxiety (as well as depersonalization and derealization). Consider seeking treatment with a clinical psychologist, SWer or other MH therapist who treats anxiety disorders. ...Read more

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Social anxiety and having problems w/ ED and inability to orgasm. What help is there for mentally induced sexual problems?

Social anxiety and having problems w/ ED and inability to orgasm. What help is there for mentally induced sexual problems?

See remark: You made your diagnosis,or a professional labelled you with anxiety disorder? The answer is simple.YOU ARE YOUNG. Your problem can be managed. Seek a good sexual counselor,I wish you the best ...Read more