Male Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder in Couple and Family Therapy
Low appetite; Low desire; Low drive; Low interest; Low libido
Male hypoactive sexual desire disorder (MHSDD) is characterized by the persistent deficiency or absence of sexual fantasies and desire for sexual activity (American Psychiatric Association 2013) for a period of at least 6 months. The symptoms must cause significant distress to the individual. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition (DSM-5 2013) provides exclusionary criteria that male hypoactive sexual desire disorder (MHSDD) cannot be diagnosed if low desire* is better explained by nonsexual mental pathology, as a consequence of relationship distress, or attributable to effects of a substance or medication or another medical condition.
Theoretical Context for the Concept
In practice, when MHSDD occurs, it often puzzles both partners, especially if (assuming a heterosexual relationship) the male partner professes to love his female partner. Because of the variety of physical, mental, and...
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