Sexual dysfunction in first-episode psychosis

The high prevalence of sexual dysfunction in people with psychosis has often been attributed solely to the side-effects of antipsychotic medication, and less is known about the rates of sexual dysfunction in prodromal and first-episode psychosis. In this podcast, Dr Oliver Howes and Dr Tiago Reis Marques discuss the findings of their recent study into this area, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

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Date published: 20 November 2012

Presenter: Dr Steven Moylan

Interviewees: Dr Oliver Howes and Dr Tiago Reis Marques

Audio running time: 16 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • the various symptoms and effects of sexual dysfunction


  • the prevalence of sexual dysfunction in people with psychosis


  • the relationship between first-episode psychosis and sexual dysfunction


  • the design and purpose of the Sexual Functioning Questionnaire (SFQ).


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Podcast Early onset psychosis: new findings on prevalence, needs and service provision by Dr Leonie Boeing


Podcast Prodromal psychosis by Professor Shôn Lewis


Module Assessment and treatment of sexually abnormal behaviour by Dr Harvey Gordon

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