In The Media: PSSD and Related Sexual Dysfunctions

Below is a list of media articles which either feature or mention enduring sexual dysfunction after stopping antidepressants, finasteride (Propecia) or isotretinoin (Accutane).

If you can find others, please let us know.

Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction (PSSD)

Despite numerous conversations with journalists, and ongoing efforts to raise awareness, there appears to be significant reluctance in the media to write about post-SSRI sexual dysfunction (PSSD).

We are certainly aware of cases in the past where mention of PSSD has been reduced or removed from articles before publishing, or where a commissioned article has been dropped.

In comparison to the few articles about PSSD, there have been over 180 on Post-Finasteride Syndrome (PFS), even though PSSD appeared in the medical literature five years prior to PFS, and antidepressants are used by significantly more people.

‘Something So Sacred Has Been Taken Away from Me’ (Reprinted in the Toronto Star, 2 November 2021)

‘Something So Sacred Has Been Taken Away from Me’ (The Tyee, 2 November 2021)

Antidépresseurs le long sommeil sexuel (Causette Magazine, September 2021)

Quando gli antidepressivi ti portano alla depressione (VD News, 28 May 2021)

Disfunzione sessuale da psicofarmaci (L’Altra Medicina n.105, May 2021)

A new libido-destroying epidemic? (FOCUS Magazine, 4 March 2021)

Disfunzione Sessuale post-SSRI, un esempio di quello che la scienza non dice (Gli Stati Generali, 22 February 2021)

Alcuni antidepressivi possono portare a disfunzioni sessuali permanenti e la Pssd è una sindrome di cui si sa ancora poco (Business Insider Italia, 25 January 2021)

Αντικαταθλιπτικά και σεξουαλική δυσλειτουργία (, 5 November 2020)

Così gli antidepressivi rendono impotenti (Libero, 30 September 2020)

È vero che molti antidepressivi hanno effetti negativi sulla vita sessuale? (Corriere della Sera, 27 September 2020)

Disfunzioni sessuali dopo la sospensione di antidepressivi SSRI (Psiconline, 24 September 2020)

Disfunzione sessuale post terapia antidepressiva, scienziato chiede maggiore riconoscimento della condizione (Notizie, 29 January 2020)

Quando, con gli antidepressivi, sparisce la sessualità (Gli Stati Generali, 10 December 2019)

Zespół dysfunkcji seksualnych po SSRI – przyczyny, objawy, leczenie (, 29 November 2019)

Disfunzione sessuale post-SSRI: quando gli antidepressivi lasciano il segno (Osservatorio Malattie Rare, 1 October 2019)

Disfunzione sessuale persistente dopo terapia anti-depressiva (Quotidiano Sanità, 16 September 2019)

Libidoverlust durch Antidepressiva? (ZDF, 27 August 2019)

Nebenwirkungen von Antidepressiva – Nie wieder Sex? (ZDF, 27 August 2019)

Zwanzigjährige sagen mir: Die Lust ist weg (Tages-Anzeiger, 26 August 2019)

Prozac, Zoloft, Deroxat… Des troubles sexuels après l’arrêt du traitement (Le Lanceur, 4 July 2019)

Antidepressivi sotto accusa: “Così ho perso il piacere della mia intimità” (Il Salvagente, 15 June 2019)

How depression pills can wreck your sex life (Daily Mail, 10 June 2019)

Antidepressants were supposed to help me but they ended up making me impotent (Metro, 3 November 2018)

Disfunció sexual persistent: antidepressius, finasterida i retinoides (Catalan version, Fundació Institut Català de Farmacologia, 12 August 2018)

Disfunción sexual persistente: antidepresivos, finasterida y retinoides (Spanish version, Fundació Institut Català de Farmacologia, 12 August 2018)

Un antidépresseur peut-il détruire votre vie sexuelle? (Lyon Capitale, 28 June 2018)

Do You Have Sexual Side Effects From Antidepressants You Stopped Taking? (U.S. News, 28 June 2018)

My life in sex: ‘After taking antidepressants, my genitals felt numb’ (The Guardian, 8 June 2018)

‘I don’t know who I am without it’: the truth about long-term antidepressant use (The Guardian, 6 May 2017)

Depression pills sabotaged my love life (The Daily Mail, 20 March 2017). The published article was heavily edited from the original version which can be found here: The Pills That Steal Sex

Antidepressivi ed effetti collaterali. La testimonianza di Leonardo (insalutenews, 24 October 2016)

I Started Taking Zoloft Five Years Ago. I Haven’t Felt Sexual Sensation Since (Narratively, 6 September 2016)

The Post-SSRI Orgasmic High (Broadly, 23 August 2015)

Some drugs, not much rock and roll (Progress in Mind, 31 March 2015)

Libido Lost (SexSmartFilms, 3 December 2014)

Gli antidepressivi possono causare disfunzioni sessuali in donne e uomini. Il parere del sessuologo (La Stampa, 3 July 2014)

The Pill That Kills Your Sex Drive (Men’s Health, 25 April 2014)

Blijvende seksuele stoornis door antidepressivum (Volkskrant, 11 March 2014)

I Went off Antidepressants, But My Sex Drive Never Came Back (xoJane, 19 February 2013)

Killing your sex life? (The McGill Daily, 9 February 2012)

Despair Takes a Young Man’s Life (Streetvibes, 15 November 2010)

Erst Depression, dann tote Hose (Gesundheitstipp, 16 February 2010)

Antidepressants may damage more sex lives (The Boston Globe, 15 December 2008)

Expecting Too Much From a Mind Drug (The New York Times, 25 March 2006). We have been informed that Dr Bahrick’s letter originally included reference to PSSD, but this was edited out of the published version.

Post-Finasteride Syndrome (PFS)

We hope to include some articles about PFS in due course.

Post-Retinoid Sexual Dysfunction (PRSD)

Isotretinoin is a retinoid used in the treatment of acne. For some reason, media articles about sexual dysfunction linked to isotretinoin are even rarer than those for PSSD, despite long standing reports of the problem.

Acne drug ‘linked to at least 14 deaths’ this year (Channel 4 News, 4 October 2019)

NHS ‘should not prescribe acne drug’ (BBC, 17 May 2019)

The acne drug that can steal young men’s virility (Mail Online, 26 November 2018)

“Miracle” pill thousands of women are prescribed for acne is having devastating effects on their sex lives… (Cosmopolitan, 2 November 2015)

Doctor ‘killed by’ patient who believed acne drug had made him impotent (Mail Online, 16 August 2007)

Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD)

The following articles don’t focus specifically on antidepressant-induced PGAD. However, they provide a useful insight into the condition and its consequences.

What’s it like being permanently aroused? (Metro, 11 December 2017)

Persistent genital arousal disorder: The uninvited guest (Part 2) (Women’s Healthcare, 14 September 2017)

Two additional PGAD accounts (Women’s Healthcare, 14 September 2017)

Being Constantly Aroused is a Living Hell (Tonic, 15 June 2017)

Women with persistent genital arousal disorder: ‘People hear orgasm and they think it’s a good thing’ (The Guardian, 14 April 2014)

Never Satisfied: The Curse of Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome (Fox News, 23 April 2008)