Sex is considered one of life’s greatest pleasures and so is having peace in your life. However, if one’s mental health is not on point, they might be struggling to attain the latter. Sexual wellness and mental health are like the two wheels of a bike, if there is an issue with either of them, the bike will have trouble moving forward. The fragile yet necessary relation between mental health and sexual wellness are correlated in more ways than one can imagine.
Masturbation and mental health
Self-esteem plays an important role in having a calm mind and self-pleasure is one of the most rewarding experiences of all to clear your head. It is no surprise how good a person would be after indulging in a session of self-love, this is because masturbation releases the same happy hormones that sex does. This is why many studies have concluded that masturbation can improve mental health.
Casual sex and mental health
Engaging in casual sex, just like masturbation could be a rewarding experience, however, there is more to it than just that. The way casual sex or a one night stand affects your mental health has everything to do with your reasons for engaging in it. Researchers found that those who did it for the wrong reasons i.e; to avoid their feelings, for revenge, to please someone, etc., had lower self-esteem and higher levels of anxiety and depression compared to those who did it for far more positive reasons such as to try new things, or explore their sexuality.
OCD and hypersexuality
Those who suffer from OCD are thought to be germaphobes or compulsive eaters or people who do things in a very particular pattern but OCD has far-reaching implications than just compulsive hand washing. People suffering from OCD, at times, can have extreme preoccupations with sexual fantasies, and they could also be addicted to masturbation and sex.
Depression and lower sex drive
When a person is depressed their sex drive takes a nosedive and suffering from depression can majorly affect your sexual wellness. Paradoxically, if your depression has been diagnosed and you’re taking anti-depressants, even this can lead to a lower sex drive. However, if this means gaining back control of your mental health, lower sex drive could just be a small price to pay for it.
Sex and Anxiety & Depression
It’s deeply ironic that depression, the very state of mind that can deter you from having sex can be eased by having sex. Having sex can boost serotonin and oxytocin levels and this can bring a little bit of color in the grey state of mind that is depression, at least in the immediate aftermath. Similarly, having sex can also ease the symptoms of anxiety.
Just like everything else in life, sex is not a one-size-fits-all for every psychological issue out there but it can certainly improve the mental well-being in the short-term.
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