POST SSRI SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION: LONG-LASTING or PERMANENT SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION AFTER STOPPING
ANTI DEPRESSANT TREATMENT #225
Facilitators: YASSIE PIRANI and EMILY GREY
February 6-26, 2022
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction or Post SSRI/SNRI Sexual Dysfunction is an iatrogenic (meaning caused by a medication or medical treatment) disorder known commonly as PSSD. This disorder arises during or after the use of SSRI (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor) and SNRI (Serotonin-norepinephrine re-uptake inhibitor) antidepressants. Though characterized by a reduction or removal of sexual functioning, symptoms can also include emotional blunting, cognitive dysfunction, genital numbness and sleep disruption. The causes of PSSD are poorly understood and there are no known reliable treatments. The disorder can arise from brief exposure to SSRIs or SNRIs and can persist for months, years or indefinitely. PSSD can have overwhelmingly negative impacts on quality of life & can contribute to depression & suicidal ideation. How can health professionals ensure patients are adequately warned about the possibility of developing PSSD so they can exercise their full informed consent? If a patient thinks they may have PSSD, how can they approach their doctor with their concerns? How can we support people living with the trauma of losing their sexuality to antidepressants? This workshop will explore these questions and much more.
POST SSRI SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION: LONG-LASTING or PERMANENT SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION AFTER
Yassie Pirani is a professional therapist forming a clinical practice specifically to support people suffering from PSSD. Her work with this community uniquely positions her to educate fellow therapists and healthcare professionals on which methods may help sufferers develop effective coping strategies. She is passionate about empowering people with PSSD to come to terms with what has happened to their body and to learn to channel their loss into positive action.
Emily Grey is a medical activist using her ongoing personal experience of PSSD to raise awareness of the disorder among healthcare professionals and the public. She is the founder of the Canadian Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction Society (www.pssdcanada.ca ) and PSSD International (www.pssd.info). She is working with researchers at Queens University and University of Ottawa to acquire more information about this under-studied iatrogenic condition. Her personal story can be read here: https://www.pssdcanada.ca/our-stories/emilys-story-1