Doctors increasingly recognize that sexual unhappiness has serious effects on the health of individuals and families. Sexual function depends on our bodies and our minds and sexual problems may present with physical symptoms. Using case histories the book describes the practice of psychosexual medicine and explores the skills used by doctors therapists and counsellors. A systematic and comprehensive examination of this field for the first time this book places psychosexual medicine in context with other therapies. For those working at all levels throughout primary care including doctors and nurses in general practice and in family planning clinics therapists and counsellors and for specialists in the fields of genito-urinary medicine gynaecology andrology and urology Blocks and Freedoms in Sexual Life is an essential reference and a tool for increasing the scope and effectiveness of their work.
Table of Contents
Aspects of doctoring: a psychosexual body/mind approach. The phyiscal examination. Psychodynamics and the doctor-patient partnership. Symptoms and feelings: making sense of symptoms. 'I'm not that sort of girl' - or boy. Body fantasies. Sex, and anger and the couple. Sex and childbirth. Loss and vulnerability. Making connections: from body to the mind. From the mind to the body.