Editorial Note: Of these 13 Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction (PSSD) cases, 12 came to us from a colleague who had been approached by others.
If a drug caused anyone to go blind or deaf it would probably be removed from the market immediately. In the early days of Viagra, there was talk of it turning visual fields blue, which some worried might be the first steps to going blind. The consensus was that if even a few people had gone blind, Viagra would have been finished. Why should losing the senses that underpin our awareness of others as humans rather than robots be any different?
We are asking as many people as possible with PSSD to let us know about their condition. You can report PSSD that affects either you or a relative by completing a RxISK Report.
It has now been roughly 6 months since I quit SSRIs for good and I am still suffering from PSSD. Throughout my agonizing withdrawal, I could feel my brain gradually disconnecting from and shutting down my pleasure zone. A sequence of wires loosening and unplugging, reducing pleasurable sensations into dwindling static traces before completely fading out. It was like the ordeal of losing one’s sight or hearing. I am now plagued by ejaculatory anhedonia and am no longer sexually attracted to women.
I’m a 21 year old male, prescribed zoloft for 4 months. I began noticing sexual dysfunction soon after starting it. A couple months later it went away and I felt completely normal while on the meds. My anxiety came back tho and the doc doubled the zoloft and the dysfunction came back. After the 4 months I stopped taking it, it’s been 11 months now since my last dose and the dysfunction still remains.
My symptoms are:
Male, 26 years old.
The PSSD forums have been extraordinarily systematic in investigating possible treatment options based on the profile of SSRI drugs. This is tracking the scent or bark of a dog. It might be time to consider the dog that didn’t bark. Is there any other condition out there where those affected don’t get PSSD? Or any treatment where those taking it don’t get PSSD?