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Sexual Function and Dysfunction in Brazilian Patients With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder

Fontenelle, Leonardo F. MD*†; de Souza, Wanderson F. PhD*; de Menezes, Gabriela B. MD*; Mendlowicz, Mauro V. MD; Miotto, Roberto R. MD*; Falcão, Rodrigo MD*; Versiani, Marcio MD*; Figueira, Ivan L. MD*

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease: March 2007 - Volume 195 - Issue 3 - p 254-257
doi: 10.1097/01.nmd.0000243823.94086.6f
Brief Report

We compared the history, the profile, and the severity of sexual symptoms of 31 patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) to those of 26 patients with social anxiety disorder (SAD) by means of the Sexual Inventory of the Institute of Psychiatry of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, the Clinical Interview for the Diagnosis of DSM-IV Sexual Disorders, the Female Sexual Function Index, the International Index of Erectile Function, the Arizona Sexual Experience Scale, and the Sexual Behavior Inventory. Patients with OCD reported more difficulties to reach orgasm (p = 0.009), less frequent effective erections (p = 0.05), and a positive history of sexual abuse (p = 0.006) significantly more often than patients with SAD. Male patients with SAD reported not using contraceptive methods significantly more frequently than male patients with OCD (p = 0.007). Patients with OCD and patients with SAD exhibit different profiles of sexual behavior.

*Anxiety and Depression Research Program, Institute of Psychiatry, Universidade Federal of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and †Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niterói, Brazil.

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© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.