You may think mental health refers to, well, your mind and how it regulates your emotions. However, mental illness can actually affect the whole body. Therefore, keeping up on your mental well-being plays a crucial role in a vibrant and satisfying sex life.

Learning how to manage or eliminate real issues such as depression or anxiety can be the assist many people need to keep their sex life healthy, exciting and fulfilling.

Numbers don’t lie

About one in five American adults lives with some type of mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. There are differences between the sexes: The prevalence of any mental illness was higher among women (24.5 percent) than men (16.3 percent). In addition 49.7 percent of women with some sort of mental illness sought counseling or treatment options, compared to 36.8 percent of men.

Common symptoms of issues such as depression and anxiety include a lack of sexual desire, erectile dysfunction (ED) or premature ejaculation (PE).

Communication is key

The National Alliance on Mental Illness reported that mental health issues