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Sexuality - Mast.rbation and Depression

There may be a connection between mast.rbation and depression.

(The word mast.rbation is not spelled out in the case of sensitive internet filters, such as those in some public high schools).

The study on women's sexuality and depression was conducted by researchers at the University of Texas in 2003:

Sexual Functioning and Self-Reported Depressive Symptoms Among College Women
by Penny Frolich and Cindy Meston, University of Texas, Austin (2003) states:

Women with depressive symptoms were significantly more likely to have mast.rbated in the previous month than were control recipients.

Possible reasons for this are:

Loss of a lack of pleasure, women engaged in mast.rbation as a reliable source of pleasure.
Not being able to climax with a partner, women resorted to mast.rbation.
Feasible that depressive symptoms are associated with greater ruminations about sex and/or a greater urge to engage in self-soothing behaviors.

Another explanation is that depression and mast.rbation might be something of a vicious cycle involving unsatisfying relationships and social isolation. There may be a psycho-physiological component also, in the lack of a satisfying emotional relationship, along with solitary sexual activity. The body/mind is activated for a relationship, in the absence of this, depressive feelings are accentuated.

Reference: Frolich, P., Meston, C. (2002, November). The Journal of Sex Research. Volume 30, Number 4, November 2002. pp. 321-325. http://homepage.psy.utexas.edu/homepage/group/MestonLAB/Publications/depress.pdf

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