Media Articles: PSSD & Related Conditions

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)


Indigo Buzz: Qu’est-ce que la dysfonction sexuelle post-ISRS (PSSD) et que dois-je savoir à ce sujet?

Enquête de santé: Antidépresseurs: utiles ou dangereux? The segment that discusses PSSD can be found here with English subtitles.

Zeit Online: Antidepressiva und Sexualität: Leider keinen Bock mehr


Oh! My Mag: Commonly prescribed drug linked to sexual dysfunction, experts claim (based on Daily Mail article)

Daily Mail: REVEALED: The hidden epidemic of sexual dysfunction which experts blame on SSRI antidepressants

The Spokesman-Review: Sexual side effects persist despite tapering dose

Mel Magazine: For Some People, the Sexual Side Effects of SSRIs Never Go Away


Toronto Star: ‘Something So Sacred Has Been Taken Away from Me’ (Reprinted)

The Tyee: ‘Something So Sacred Has Been Taken Away from Me’

Causette Magazine: Antidépresseurs le long sommeil sexuel

VD News: Quando gli antidepressivi ti portano alla depressione

L’Altra Medicina: Disfunzione sessuale da psicofarmaci

FOCUS Magazine: A new libido-destroying epidemic?

Gli Stati Generali: Disfunzione Sessuale post-SSRI, un esempio di quello che la scienza non dice

Business Insider Italia: Alcuni antidepressivi possono portare a disfunzioni sessuali permanenti e la Pssd è una sindrome di cui si sa ancora poco

2020 Αντικαταθλιπτικά και σεξουαλική δυσλειτουργία

Libero: Così gli antidepressivi rendono impotenti

Corriere della Sera: È vero che molti antidepressivi hanno effetti negativi sulla vita sessuale?

Psiconline: Disfunzioni sessuali dopo la sospensione di antidepressivi SSRI

Notizie Disfunzione sessuale post terapia antidepressiva, scienziato chiede maggiore riconoscimento della condizione


Gli Stati Generali: Quando, con gli antidepressivi, sparisce la sessualità Zespół dysfunkcji seksualnych po SSRI – przyczyny, objawy, leczenie

Osservatorio Malattie Rare: Disfunzione sessuale post-SSRI: quando gli antidepressivi lasciano il segno

Quotidiano Sanità: Disfunzione sessuale persistente dopo terapia anti-depressiva

ZDF: Libidoverlust durch Antidepressiva?

ZDF: Nebenwirkungen von Antidepressiva – Nie wieder Sex?

Tages-Anzeiger: Zwanzigjährige sagen mir: Die Lust ist weg

Le Lanceur: Prozac, Zoloft, Deroxat… Des troubles sexuels après l’arrêt du traitement

Il Salvagente: Antidepressivi sotto accusa: “Così ho perso il piacere della mia intimità”

Daily Mail: How depression pills can wreck your sex life


Metro: Antidepressants were supposed to help me but they ended up making me impotent

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

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

Lyon Capitale: Un antidépresseur peut-il détruire votre vie sexuelle?

U.S. News: Do You Have Sexual Side Effects From Antidepressants You Stopped Taking?

The Guardian: My life in sex: ‘After taking antidepressants, my genitals felt numb’


The Guardian: ‘I don’t know who I am without it’: the truth about long-term antidepressant use

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


insalutenews: Antidepressivi ed effetti collaterali. La testimonianza di Leonardo

Narratively: I Started Taking Zoloft Five Years Ago. I Haven’t Felt Sexual Sensation Since


Broadly: The Post-SSRI Orgasmic High

Progress in Mind: Some drugs, not much rock and roll


SexSmartFilms: Libido Lost

La Stampa: Gli antidepressivi possono causare disfunzioni sessuali in donne e uomini. Il parere del sessuologo

Men’s Health: The Pill That Kills Your Sex Drive

Volkskrant: Blijvende seksuele stoornis door antidepressivum


xoJane: I Went off Antidepressants, But My Sex Drive Never Came Back


The McGill Daily: Killing your sex life?


Streetvibes: Despair Takes a Young Man’s Life

Gesundheitstipp: Erst Depression, dann tote Hose


The Boston Globe: Antidepressants may damage more sex lives


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

Persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD)

The following articles describe PGAD after stopping antidepressants.

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

Women’s Healthcare: Two additional PGAD accounts (2017)

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

Post-retinoid sexual dysfunction (PRSD)

Isotretinoin is a retinoid used in the treatment of acne.

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

BBC: NHS ‘should not prescribe acne drug’ (2019)

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

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

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

Post-finasteride syndrome (PFS)

The PFS Foundation has a list of articles on its PFS Media Awareness page.