The Mental Health Professional’s Treatment of Erection Problems

Authored by: Stephen B. Levine

Handbook of Clinical Sexuality for Mental Health Professionals

Print publication date:  February  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138860254
eBook ISBN: 9781315716596
Adobe ISBN: 9781317507468


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In the subjectivity of many men’s minds, dependable potency equates with manliness—interpersonal competence, self-esteem, and pride. It is difficult for any partnered man to go through the diverse challenges of adulthood and not occasionally worry about his fluctuations of erectile firmness. When men are divorcing or divorced, these subtle concerns increase. Occasional abortive attempts at intercourse often can be soothed by a relaxed-about-it partner, even though the man remains concerned until the next adequate intercourse.

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