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Sex, Love, and Mental Illness: A Couple's Guide to Staying Connected (Sex, Love, and Psychology) [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie J. Buehler
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Book Description

Until now, the marketplace has offered little valuable information for couples in which one or both partners suffers from mental illness with resulting sexual problems. Sex, Love, and Mental Illness: A Couple's Guide to Staying Connected is for all of those couples. It will help both parties understand the effects of mental illness—and of the medications used to treat it—on sexual desire and performance and provide ways to maintain both physical and emotional intimacy.

The first section of the book centers on common sexual concerns and loving someone with a mental disorder. The second addresses a wide range of mental disorders, their effects on relationships, and ways couples can work together to overcome those effects. Among the conditions covered are mood disorders; anxiety disorders; chronic pain; eating disorders; substance-related disorders; post traumatic stress; ADD; Asperger's Syndrome; and even severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia. The emphasis throughout is on each partner developing empathy and communication skills to enhance the sexual experience and preserve a healthy relationship.

Editorial Reviews


• Provides hard-to-find information and actionable advice for couples whose sexual-relationship issues are related to a mental disorder diagnosis

• Confronts the taboo of sexuality and mental illness

• Addresses difficult-to-treat mental illnesses like Asperger's Syndrome, anorexia, and pain disorders, in addition to mood and anxiety disorders

• Offers mental health professionals, social workers, and sex therapists a resource they can use in their professional work and recommend to clients

• Composite case examples that highlight both the types of problems couples confront and how they resolve them

• Helpful exercises to maximize sexual pleasure and connectedness

• Sidebars on etiology, assessment, and treatment of various mental disorder diagnoses

"In summary, my view of the volume is positive, and it is recommended as a useful resource for clinicians and patients alike. The metamessage here is that even in the face of significant mental illness, love, intimacy, and sexuality are possible, manageable, and worthy. That is an important message for clinicians and patients: All are deserving and capable of intimacy and sexuality, including the mentally ill." - PsycCRITIQUES

Book Description

Based on available figures, mental disorders affect the sexual relationships of millions of couples. Yet, little has been written to serve those couples and the professionals who offer them care. While not everyone with a mental illness will be able to sustain a long-term, intimate relationship, many do. This book is a guide toward that end.

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  • File Size: 1184 KB
  • Print Length: 141 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; 1 edition (January 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064X0PB6
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended March 15, 2011
One of the many strengths of this book, though geared towards non-clinical readers, is that it provides an excellent clinical bridge for both new and experienced psychology professionals who are not sex therapists but who whose clients experience sexual difficulties as an aspect of their relationships. It is written an an easily accessible style with clear, concise language. Dr. Buehler comprehensively covers a host of common psychological diagnoses. Specific sexual and relational problems are discussed in each diagnostic category; these then are illustrated by vignettes offered throughout the book. There are "how to" appendices that clearly describe ways to help with problems that are described in the text, giving the reader a clear map of how to achieve success.

This book is intelligently written, neither talking down to the reader nor making assumptions about what the reader already knows. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful for therapists, as well April 24, 2011
By Paul
Dr. Stephanie Buehler has taken an important step in trying to organize what is known about the impact that mental illness can have on a person's sex life. Dr. Buehler does an admirable job of highlighting possible problems and approaches for the therapist, patient, or partner. Her writing style is clear and easy to read, and the book is well organized.

While this book is written for couples, therapists will benefit from it as well. That's because few psychiatrists, psychologists and counselors have any training about the sexual problems that can accompany mental illness. Dr. Buehler does an excellent job of helping the clinician to anticipate issues and to appreciate their impact on both the patient and his or her partner. This book should be read by students in psychology and healthcare professionals in general. It is a helpful and worthy introduction to a very complex subject.
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More About the Author

Dr. Stephanie Buehler is a licensed psychologist specializing in sex therapy and relationships. Dr. Buehler is Director of The Buehler Institute headquartered in Newport Beach, CA where she treats men, women, and couples with all types of sexual problems. A graduate of UCLA, USC, Pepperdine University, and California School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Buehler is also an educator who offers continuing education and supervision opportunities for licensed professionals who are or aspire to be sex therapists.

In addition to a Doctor of Psychology degree, Dr. Buehler also has a Master of Professional Writing degree from USC. She has written children's books and many educational materials. Dr. Buehler says this about her writing: "I believe I suffer from hypergraphia. When I had to have fingerprints taken for my license, I had to re-do them three times. I was told I had worn my fingerprints away!"

Dr. Buehler maintains a blog called The Blog Erotic. Readers are also invited to sign up for her monthly newsletter at The Buehler Institute website.

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