Almost everyone has had some interaction with depression. Whether it’s you, a family member, a friend, or a partner who is affected, depression has the potential to touch us all. Even so, many of us don’t know how to handle depression becoming part of our love life and it can quickly become the monster under the bed.
From “you have to love yourself first,” to “don’t stick it in the crazy,” to dead silence, popular responses to the topic leave much to be desired. But you’re not alone and you can have successful relationships and satisfying sex with depression.
This exploration of how to navigate sex and relationships while coping with depression includes practical tips and real-life examples. Heavily informed by surveys and interviews with over 1,000 people, JoEllen Notte will help you understand how sexual function is affected by depression and what keeps us from effectively addressing it.
JoEllen Notte is a certified sex educator, writer, speaker, sexuality researcher, and mental health advocate. She blogs at The Redhead Bedhead and has been published by the BBC, Glamour, Bitch Media, xoJane, and Kinkly.
Thorntree Press (2020).
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