Sex On the Mind: How Mental Health Affects Your Sex Life
Author: Anna Herod


Nearly 1 in 5 American adults live with a form of mental illness; 1 in 20 live with a serious one. These disorders, which can cause changes in emotion, thinking and/or behavior, stem from various factors, ranging from genetics to neurochemical imbalances to emotional or physical trauma. Despite enormous steps forward in treatment methods, advocacy and education, mental illness is still misconceived as the sufferer's fault, one that can be solved with personal willpower alone.

Mental illnesses require as much care as physical ailments, and can be similarly chronic or temporary. As with any other condition, early detection and, to some extent, preventive measures could improve your prognosis. A qualified support system with loved ones and professionals is equally important to your quality of life.

In the next 10 weeks, we'll give you the information you need to find and maintain quality care, from how to manage your personal relationships to warning signs and treatment options for different illnesses like PTSD, OCD and more. Your mental health is a mosaic of many disparate pieces; learn how to put them together here.

When you or a loved one are coping with mental health issues, communication and support are key.
Though anxiety is often overwhelming, experts say being present and mindful can help.
These conditions are unpredictable but can be managed with treatment and support.
There are striking similarities between the two, which can often occur together.
If OCD is getting in the way of your daily life, here's what you need to know.
They're long term, have inter-related symptoms and imperfect diagnoses—but treatments can work.
Millions suffer around the globe, but solving the problem isn't as simple as it seems.
Post-traumatic stress disorder can be a challenge to cope with, but healing is possible.
Putting some TLC into your self-esteem can have positive effects on your overall mental health.
Taking simple daily actions will improve your relationship with body image and eating.