Date of Degree
PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Psychological and Quantitative Foundations
Saba R. Ali
First Committee Member
Elizabeth M Altmaier
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
William M Liu
Fourth Committee Member
Fifth Committee Member
John S Westefeld
This dissertation details a qualitative study that examined nine individuals living with sexual side effects of SSRIs that had persisted after the discontinuation of pharmacological treatment (referred to as post-SSRI sexual dysfunction or PSSD).
The investigation sought to answer the following research questions:
(1) How do individuals with persistent sexual side effects make sense of and meaning from their experience?;
(2) How have these individuals' sense of self or identity changed over the course of their sexual difficulties?; and
(3) What role could a counseling psychologist have had in helping the individual with his or her situation?
Using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis methodology, eight themes emerged from the data including:
(1) difficult emotional experiences;
(2) varied coping strategies;
(3) negative impact on romantic relationships;
(4) changed identity;
(5) changed attitude toward sex;
(6) problems with medical providers;
(7) mixed feelings about SSRIs; and
(8) desire for collaborative healthcare.
A review of relevant literature, a detailed explanation of the research methodology, a description of the results incorporating participant narratives, and a discussion of the results highlighting implications for counseling psychologists and limitations of the study are included in this dissertation.
viii, 153 pages
Includes bibliographical references (pages 142-153).
Copyright 2013 Rebecca Stinson
Stinson, Rebecca Diane. "The impact of persistent sexual side effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors after discontinuing treatment: a qualitative study." PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) thesis, University of Iowa, 2013.