Sexual Dysfunction Diagnosis

Sexual Dysfunction Diagnosis

Sexuality is an essential feature of health and wellbeing for all personalities, but is often a harsh and sensitive topic to discuss, even in the most cherished relationships. However, many couples in recent times experience sexual dysfunction during any stage of their normal sexual activity that interferes with the regular physical pleasure, desire, arousal or orgasm. Such disorders may be as a result of medical, mental or substance use that results in constant disturbances in the usual sexual response cycle(Wincze & Carey, 2011).

Internalizing Sexual Disorders

Couples in a relationship should realize this problem early enough since it interferes with the normal sexual life and seeks clinical intervention. Different symptoms of these disorders should be considered by couples, internalized and accurately diagnosed.

Differentiating Between sexual disorders from other disorders

Differentiating sexual dysfunction disorders from other disorders has been a nightmare for many social workers. The presence of different symptoms has helped individuals to diagnose these disorders accurately (Wincze & Carey, 2011). Social workers through the aid of knowledge from these symptoms have eased the diagnosis problem in the recent times.

The likelihood or unlikelihood of misdiagnosing an individual with one of this disorder

As a person with adequate knowledge concerning sexual diagnosis, the probability of misdiagnosing a person with one of these disorders is massive.  The majority of these disorders are not clearly covered and studied hence providing little information to the psychotherapist to provide the right solution. Since Sexuality valuation and concerns in mature people deeply lack in medical care and rehabilitation centers, few cases of such disorders may end up receiving the wrong attention due to misinterpretation of symptoms resulting to misdiagnosis. Precisely, all medical team members, including occupational therapists, should be more sensitive to the sexual wants and needs of older adults in consideration couples.

How to Avoid misdiagnosing sexual disorder

According to (Zaslau,2011), a social worker can avoid misdiagnosing of sexual dysfunction by accurately studying the symptoms and compare with available information about the disorders. Adequate knowledge about these disorders will help a social worker in performing the correct diagnosis.













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Wincze, J. P., & Carey, M. P. (2011). Sexual dysfunction: A guide for assessment and treatment. New York: Guilford Press.

Zaslau, S. (2011). Dx/Rx: Sexual dysfunction in men and women. Sudbury, Mass: Jones & Bartlett Learning.


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