Exploring the link between mental health and sexual health

Being an adolescent is all about experimenting with sex and sexuality, but throw depression and psychosis into the mix and things can get a little messy.

A new study Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health has found that adolescents attending mental health services are engaging in high rates of risky sexual behaviour. This is defined as unprotected sex and multiple sexual partners.

But interestingly, the participants also complained of sexual dysfunction as a result of medication.

Brian O’Donoghue is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Research Fellow at Orygen (ORIGIN). He spoke to Ellen Leabeater.

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Image: Ashley Harrigan on Flickr.

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