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Depressed Women crave intimacy

23 March 2008

A study carried out by Dr Sabura Allen, a clinical psychologist at Australia's Monash University shows that women who suffer mild to moderate depression have a third more sex than comparable women who do not suffer from the condition - regardless of their marital status.

The study of over 100 women showed that women who suffered with depression reported more sexually liberated attitudes and a wider variety of sexual experiences. Depressed single women were also more likely to engage in casual sex than their non-depressed counterparts.

Dr Allen believes that the women studied are seeking sexual intimacy in order to feel more secure about themselves and their relationships.

The full results of the study are not yet available so it is not known whether these women are suffering a kind of addictive compulsion or whether this is a much more benign effect. When asked if sex was a possible cure for depression Dr Allen replied "We really don't know but we presume it helps, as it gives these women opportunities to be close to their partner and loved."

Though somewhat sensational "Depressed women get more sex!" this story is really about a coping strategy used by women who's depression is robbing them of their self confidence. As the full research becomes available it will be interesting to see if there are lessons that apply to couples without depression. For instance, what does this study consider "a liberal attitude to sex" and do people with a more liberal attitude to sex feel more closer and more secure in their relationships?


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