Sexual disorders caused by antidepressants: Considerations in the context of brain hemisphere functions

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Abstract

All phases of normal sexual activity are under the control of the right hemisphere coupled with limbic structures, and depression is characterized by the functional insufficiency of this system. At the same time, those modern antidepressants that cause sexual disorders are activating the left hemisphere and determine its domination on the expense of the right one and disturb free and spontaneous emotional interrelationships, sexual behavior and pleasure. Those antidepressants that do not cause sexual dysfunction are not activating predominantly the left hemisphere structures and activate the lim-bic brain zones responsible for reward, reinforcement and emotional excitement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-61
Number of pages15
JournalActivitas Nervosa Superior
Volume52
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Antidepressants
  • Brain hemispheres
  • Sexual dysfunction

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