Health care professionals and patients are being urged to talk to a doctor about treatment options for sexual dysfunctions such as hypersexual behavior or erectile dysfunction, and to seek treatment from an addiction specialist.
In an effort to combat a growing epidemic of sexual dysfunction, doctors and healthcare workers are calling for doctors to take a look at treatment options and help patients get treatment.
It’s a call to reconsider the way patients are treated, Dr. Susan Burdette, director of the Institute of Clinical and Translational Psychology at Johns Hopkins University told the Associated Press.
The rise in sexual dysfunction and its associated health problems is a growing problem in the United States and worldwide, said Dr. John Gage, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University.
“It’s not just a matter of a few bad apples.
We’ve seen this with a lot of other health problems.”
Burdette said many doctors do not have the training or experience to offer these kinds of recommendations.
She said the profession needs to take its responsibility to provide a safe environment and the right treatment into account.
“We are the experts in the field,” she said.
“Some doctors might not be equipped to do it.”
Buddhist and Buddhist monks have been prescribing stimulant medications to treat hypersexual feelings and urges since the mid-19th century.
They’ve also prescribed other forms of treatment for sexual problems, including electroshock therapy, hypnosis, hypnotherapy, hypno therapy and sexual relaxation therapy.
Some practitioners have tried various types of drugs, including anti-depressants and antipsychotics, but the drugs themselves often have side effects, including memory loss and anxiety.
Buddhism has an emphasis on celibacy, and many people in the faith are reluctant to get involved in sexual activity or even to acknowledge their sexual preferences.
They’re also concerned about how they’ll be treated by the medical community if they do.
Burdettes study has found that about 40 percent of women and about 5 percent of men who use drugs for sexual dysfunction end up in treatment.
She’s calling for more research into the effectiveness of treatment.
“What we have to look at is whether the drugs are effective and how effective they are for the patients,” she told AP.
The problem isn’t limited to just the U.S. but around the world, Burdettes said.
The prevalence of sexual dysfunction is rising in countries around the globe, according to data from the World Health Organization.
There are about 200 million cases of sexual disorder in the world.
In the U and UK, Bautista’s group found that nearly one in four people with sexual dysfuction has experienced physical or sexual abuse.
There’s also a lack of understanding about what to expect from treatments, and the quality of care.
“In some cases, people are not getting the care they need,” she explained.
“People are saying, ‘Why don’t you just go to my doctor?'”
Burdets study showed that treatment for hypersexual and sexual dysfunctional people often fails to improve sexual functioning, leading to poorer health and poorer overall health.
In her survey of more than 2,000 doctors, nurses and therapists, she found that most didn’t have a good understanding of what treatment options patients had or about what kinds of drugs are available.
Bautista also noted that many doctors aren’t familiar with the treatment options available to them.
“They don’t know about it,” she says.
“They’re not trained.”
“There is a lack in understanding and there is a loss of understanding,” she added.