Anxiety and Intimacy

Eileen Bailey Health Guide
  • Intimacy is difficult for many people to explain. It is the feeling of intense closeness, the feeling of belonging together, the familiar and affection feeling toward another person. Intimacy requires knowledge and comfortableness with another person and a willingness to give of yourself and to allow yourself to be open and honest with another human being.


    Emotional Connections


    Anxiety, however, sometimes gets in the way of developing an intimate relationship. It could be generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), where a person is constantly worried. He or she may worry about whether their feelings are returned by the other person whether the other person is upset or angry, or whether the relationship will last. This constant worry can get in the way of intimacy. Rather than relaxing, enjoying the moment and enjoying the company of your partner, a person with anxiety may worry endlessly.

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    Sexual intimacy is the physical manifestation of the emotional intimacy two people feel. For many people, sexual satisfaction requires a strong emotional bond. When anxiety interferes with the emotional connection between two people, sexual intimacy is negatively impacted as well.


    A study released by the Anxiety Disorder Association of America [2004], indicates that people suffering from GAD were three times more likely to avoid being intimate with their partners.


    Genetics and DNA


    Another possible cause for the lack of desire, (or the increased desire for sexual intimacy) may be found in our DNA, not necessarily our psychological states, according to a new study. reports on a study that examined 148 men and women and compared the results of their answers to questions concerning sexual desire to their gene structure.


    The researchers indicate that a variant in the D4 receptor gene may be responsible for the differences in sexual desires more than our psychological state. Some variants to this gene seemed to cause a lower sexual desire, while other variants seem to cause an increased sexual desire.


    This theory, therefore, indicates that even though anxiety and depression are sometimes thought to be the source of sexual dysfunction or lack of desire, instead, it may be caused by genetics.




    "When Your Partner Has an Anxiety Disorder", Date Unknown, Author Unknkown, Anxiety Disorders Association of America


    "New Survey Reveals How Generalized Anxiety Disorder Interferes with Ability to Maintain "Healthy" Relationship", 2004, July 20, Anxiety Disorders Association of America


    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2006, May 29). Differences In Sexual Desire Can Be Attributed To Genetic Variances. ScienceDaily.


Published On: June 18, 2009