• 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."
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.