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Sex On the Mind: How Mental Health Affects Your Sex Life

Anna Herod
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Anna Herod

Anna Herod is a journalist who writes about health and wellness. Though born and raised in Texas, Anna currently reports from Hawaii.


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.

How to Navigate Mental Health Issues in Relationships
When you or a loved one are coping with mental health issues, communication and support are key.
Long-Term Strategies to Cope With an Anxiety Disorder
Though anxiety is often overwhelming, experts say being present and mindful can help.
Understanding and Living With a Mood Disorder
These conditions are unpredictable but can be managed with treatment and support.
The Link Between Eating Disorders and Addiction
There are striking similarities between the two, which can often occur together.
Regain Control From Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
If OCD is getting in the way of your daily life, here's what you need to know.

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