Sexuality, Intimacy, and Recovery

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Human sexuality is an inseparable part of the yearning for intimacy, merging, and touch, both for people in general and for those with severe mental disorders. The exploration and acceptance of sexuality and the yearning for intimacy are vital to the recovery process of people with severe mental disorders. Despite this importance, therapists appear to disregard sexual issues in therapy with people with severe mental disorders. This article discusses the sexuality difficulties of these patients resulting from their personal history and examines the difficulties of therapists and therapeutic institutions in dealing with these patients' sexuality-related issues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-75
Number of pages14
JournalPsychoanalytic Social Work
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013


  • intimacy
  • mental disorder
  • recovery
  • sexuality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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