THE EFFECT OF DEPRESSION ON SEXUAL ACTIVITY IN MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS PATIENTS: A CASE STUDY
Keywords:Multiple Sclerosis, Depression, Sexual Activity, Case Study
MS (multiple sclerosis) is defined as an inflammatory, chronic, progressive and autoimmune and neurodegenerative disease that affects the central nervous system caused by axonal damage. Pyramidal tract problems, somatosensory disorders, bladder-bowel disorders, muscle weakness, balance disorders, tremors, coordination difficulties and speech difficulties, cognitive disorders, sexual disorders (erectile disorder, decreased libido) fatigue are seen in MS disease and it affects their daily life in negative way. Sexual function problems in multiple sclerosis can be seen in three ways as primary, secondary and tertiary.The primary cause is the damage to the nerves in the genital area, the secondary cause is the physical problems caused by MS and the side effects due to drugs.Tertiary, on the other hand, are the reasons arising from the psychological conditions caused by psychosocial factors and depression seen in the individual. In this study, a female patient with MS diagnosed with sexual dysfunction due to depression and tertiary problem is presented.