He attended a few sessions, and discovered that he was not alone with his dilemma.Other guys had the same difficulties and had tried different ways to overcome it.All in all, sexual lack of interest caused by PTSD must be treated with an understanding of the brain structures and neurotransmaitters, the nature of sexual arousal’s similarities to general arousal, and other difficulties that can develop as a result of a traumatizing event.I received an email inquiry about therapy yesterday from an Iraq War soldier and I have a hunch that I’ll be putting Dr. While that might scare some off, others might be interested in dating a soldier who’d seen combat.Another way is to start a light, brief chat with a woman you see often, such as a supermarket cashier, a bank employee, a nurse, a neighbor, a co-worker, or any other location that you go to sort of regularly.When he returned from battle-torn Iraq seven months later, the picture was different. His desire to be with others, men women, was diminished.All he wanted was to be left alone, not to have to put up with too much nonsense, not to be questioned about his motives, not to have to deal with a lot of chicken shit, and certainly not to have to deal with the “dance” that is part of dating.
Although it is not a requirement for diagnosing a woman with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), about 90% of them report sexual dysfunction, according to Rachel Yehuda, Ph. at the conference for the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH) I attended recently in San Diego.It can also bring them closer to the memory in the amygdala of feeling afraid.And, it turns out, they are lacking a safety context because during the stressful event, safety was very much in doubt for them.Many therapists who have clients with PTSD make the assumption that this shows up when women have “psychological” reasons to have low sexual desire and activity.