Could it be PTSD?

Cosmopolitan (Australia) - - Sex & Relationships -

But not the kind you’re think­ing of. If you haven’t been in the mood since, oh, early Novem­ber 2016, you may be suf­fer­ing from PostTrump Sex Dis­or­der. It’s a sud­den and swift aver­sion to sex caused by the anger, fear and con­fu­sion you’re ab­sorb­ing from the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal cli­mate. ‘All this talk about al­ter­na­tive facts and fake news makes us dis­trust ev­ery­thing: news, pol­i­tics and maybe even the per­son you’re hav­ing sex with,’ says sex ther­a­pist Susan Block. That’s a le­git pas­sion de­stroyer, even if you and your part­ner are on the same po­lit­i­cal page.

Women, in par­tic­u­lar, have been hit hard by PTSD – even those liv­ing out­side of the US. Says Block: ‘ When the misog­y­nis­tic com­ments were not just ig­nored but re­warded with the [ US] pres­i­dency, it cer­tainly made a lot of us feel hor­ri­ble.’

How to over­come this aff lic­tion? Right before bed­time with your S.O., avoid read­ing the news or check­ing your so­cial feeds, and in­stead, fo­cus on cre­at­ing in­ti­macy. Also, find like­minded friends and out­lets where you feel heard. ‘Protests are pow­er­ful, and can be an aphro­disiac,’ says Block. Here in Aus­tralia you can em­power your­self by at­tend­ing any of nu­mer­ous women’s rights ra llies. Keep calm and march on with your bae… right into the sack.

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