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Course # 65080 • Antidepressant-Associated Sexual Dysfunction


Identifying and adhering to an effective antidepressant regimen can be difficult, and the presence of sexual side effects makes the task even more difficult. These side effects are relatively common, particularly with SSRIs/SNRIs, but they may be under-reported and undertreated as a result of the stigma surrounding mental health care and patients' and healthcare providers' reluctance to discuss sexual topics. This course will briefly outline the demographics of antidepressant-associated sexual dysfunction and gender-specific manifestations. Enriching one's knowledge of sexual side effects and approaches to management will improve patients' adherence to antidepressant therapy and overall quality of life.

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Education Category: Pharmacology

Release Date: 11/01/2016

Expiration Date: 10/31/2019


The introductory course is designed for psychologists involved in the care of patients who have been prescribed antidepressants.


Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs.

Designations of Credit

NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 1 credit(s).

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to provide needed information about the relationship between antidepressants and sexual dysfunction and the resultant impact on treatment efficacy and adherence so psychologists may select the best possible treatment plan.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Outline the demographics and etiology of antidepressant-associated sexual dysfunction.
  2. Describe the approach to managing sexual side effects of antidepressant use in men.
  3. Discuss potential sexual side effects of antidepressant use in women.
  4. Evaluate the impact of post-treatment enduring sexual dysfunction in patients who were prescribed antidepressants.


Mark Rose, BS, MA, is a licensed psychologist and researcher in the field of alcoholism and drug addiction based in Minnesota. He has written or contributed to the authorship of numerous papers on addiction and other medical disorders and has written books on prescription opioids and alcoholism published by the Hazelden Foundation. He also serves as an Expert Advisor and Expert Witness to various law firms on matters related to substance abuse, is on the Board of Directors of the Minneapolis-based International Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine, and is a member of several professional organizations.

Faculty Disclosure

Contributing faculty, Mark Rose, BS, MA, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Division Planner

James Trent, PhD

Division Planner Disclosure

The division planner has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

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