Psychiatric Evaluation and Treatment Formats
The SCI patient is susceptible to a host of psychological difficulties and complications, including sexual dysfunction. However, a discussion of the multiple problems that can befall these individuals is beyond the scope of this chapter. (Interested readers may consult refs. 7 and (18). The literature concerning the psychological complications of SCI covers a wide range of disciplines, and is contained in variegated journals and widely disparate books. Any attempt to collate this data systematically would require Herculean efforts. The major focus of this chapter is far more modest and specific; that is, to provide an overview of the reactions to physical trauma and to outline an approach to the investigation of sexual dysfunction in these patients.
KeywordsSpinal Cord Injury Sexual Dysfunction Physical Trauma Marital Discord Performance Anxiety
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