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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 7-11

Sexual issues in dementia: An overview


1 Clinical Psychologist and Research Assistant, Consultant Psychiatrist and Founder Trustee, Desousa Foundation, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Consultant Psychiatrist and Founder Trustee, Desousa Foundation, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Avinash De Sousa
Consultant Psychiatrist and Founder Trustee, Desousa Foundation, Mumbai, Maharashtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.18231/j.tjp.2019.003

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Dementias are the most common type of neurodegenerative disorders. Behavioral disturbances are seen in 50-80% of patients suffering from these disorders. Sexually inappropriate behaviors are not as common as other behaviors seen in dementia but may be seen in 7-30% subjects. These behaviors cause a lot of distress to all those who are affected along with shame and embarrassment. Sexual behaviors in dementia lie on a spectrum that may range from mild or benign to severe. There are no rigorous clinical studies for the treatment of these behaviors and there is no fixed classification for the types of behavior either. There is sparse data that suggest efficacy for some commonly used treatment modalities in dementia. In this chapter, we review the various aspects of these behaviors, their types and the available treatment for the same.


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