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The Treatment Of Psychiatric Disorders, 3rd Edition by Beverly J. Sutton, George U. Balis, William H. Reid

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CHAPTER 22

 

SEXUAL AND GENDER IDENTITY DISORDERS

 

 

 

SEXUAL DYSFUNCTIONS

GENERAL TREATMENT PRINCIPLES

Great progress has been made in the treatment of sexual dysfunction during the past two or three decades. Whether generalized or situational, lifelong or acquired, “functional” or biologically related, more and more patients are willing to seek help for their sexual problems, and more and more professionals specialize in their care.

A complete sexual history is a prerequisite for the discovery, diagnosis, and differential diagnosis of dysfunction. Every mental health professional should be familiar with the elements of a sexual history (Risen, 1995), and should be comfortable enough with sexual issues to address them in routine evaluations. ...

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