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Year : 1992  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 2-7

Study of potency disorders among males


Department of Psychiatry and Dermatology University College of Medical Sciences & Associated Guruteg Bahadur Hospital Delhi 110095

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MS Bhatia
Department of Psychiatry and Dermatology University College of Medical Sciences & Associated Guruteg Bahadur Hospital Delhi 110095

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ABSTRACT: 190 consecutive male patients of potency disorders were examined and classified as impotence, premature ejaculation and Dhat syndrome. The mean age of these cases was 24.8 years and mean duration of illness was 7.1 months (range 8 weeks to 12 years). Family history of potency disorders was present in 18 cases (9.5 percent) whereas 10 cases (5.3 percent) gave a family history of mental illness. 110 cases (57.9 percent) presented with Dhat syndrome followed by erectile impotence (11.6 percent), premature ejaculation (10.5 percent) and ejaculatory impotence (10.5 percent). 11 cases (5.8 percent) presented with misconceptions related to masturbation, nocturnal emission, imagined defects in genitalia etc. Neurosis was the commonest psychiatric diagnosis (63.2 percent) (Anxiety neurosis being most frequent followed by neurotic depression), Followed by affective disorder, adjustment disorder etc. About 14 percent cases did not have any underlying psychiatric disorder.


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