Internet links on sexuality and mental illness
(Compiled and checked by Elliot Lazerwitz, November 2003)
Sexual functioning, medications, and their effect on relationships
Ian Chovil on schizophrenia and its tollwww.ocfoundation.org/ocf_0002.htm
Obsessive-compulsive disorder and medicationswww.mental-health-matters.com/articles/print.php?artID=444
How medications taken for depression affected one man
Romance and relationships
Website on how depression affects one’s loved ones. Drug co. sponsoredwww.schizophreniadigest.ca/images/archive/phpgYbjoo.pdf
The romantic success story of one woman with schizophrenia.www.newyorkcityvoices.org/2003janmar/relationshipissue.htm
Special online issue with several stories on this topicwww.newyorkcityvoices.org/jan01d.html
Bonnie Chernin tells "How To Tell Your Lover You Have Schizophrenia"
Overviews – personal and professional
Pat Deegan speaks out on sexuality and its experience by the mentally illwww.psych.uic.edu/mhsrp/sexuality.htm
Judith A. Cook’s empathetic comments on the situation as it iswww.efhm.com/sex1.htm
My own stab at a statement on the issue. Four-section article.
A recent, pioneering event on sexuality and MI. Check out the "program".
Parenting with mental illness
A comprehensive and often sympathetic US Government report, with a long biblio.
The grim story of HIV/AIDS among many people, in and out of hospitals.
Sexuality and MI in Canada
MH services, consumers, and sexuality in Hamilton, Canada, and what is being done
With the move into the community, we have been confronted with issues we could never have dreamed of in institutions – like love, marriage, even children. The flip side of being cursed is being blessed – but there is precious little to help and guide us with this new blessing, our sexuality. Let’s hope against hope for a new era in which love, of whatever shape or color, is our God-given right.