James Hicks, M.D., 50 SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS (Yale University Press)

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Sexual Performance Problems

Your husband has been working longer and longer hours. When he gets home he says he just wants to eat and fall asleep. At first you didn't notice. You were too busy worrying about the baby to even think about sex. But the baby sleeps through the night now, and you wish you could spend more time together.

You try to get yourself ready for him, showering after work and putting on your make-up, but he doesn't seem to notice. When you cuddle up to him in bed, he rolls away. Sometimes you notice that he gets an erection in the middle of the night, but when you tried to have sex last week, he couldn't keep it up. He said that he was too upset about work to concentrate.

You know he works hard; he always has. But is something else going on? Does he no longer find you attractive? You're just fitting back into the clothes you used to wear before you got pregnant. Does he think you're fat? Or is he seeing someone else? You're girlfriends always said that you should keep an eye on him.

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Sexual Performance Problems
  • Diminished Sexual Desire Is a Common Problem
  • Both Men and Women Experience Problems with Sexual Arousal
  • Orgasm is the Climax of Sexual Response
  • Treatments Exist for Many Sexual Difficulties


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Fifty Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health
Yale University Press / New Haven and London
Copyright © 2005 by James Whitney Hicks

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