Nazanin Moali, PhD on Sexuality, Addiction and Anxiety

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How Anxiety Affects Your Sex Life

Does anxiety affect sexual relationships? In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush and her guest, Nazanin Moali, PhD, talk about the different ways that anxiety might shape your sex life.

With the women I see, there is no shortage of arousal. The challenge is, our brakes are on.
— Nazanin Moali, PhD

Show Notes:

Sex. Too often, we don’t talk about it — especially when we’re having problems with it. We struggle alone with no hope for a solution. In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, creator and host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., talks with Nazanin Moali, PhD, a psychologist in Torrance, Calif., and host of the Sexology podcast, about anxiety, the role it can play in both lack of arousal and compulsive sexual behavior, and solutions that can help.

Listen and learn:

  • How the disconnect between our body and our brain affects arousal

  • Why lingerie and losing weight aren’t the answer

  • Why focusing on “pressing the gas” increases anxiety and frustration

  • How understanding what is causing your anxiety can help your sex life

  • What happens when your body remembers sexual trauma

  • Why the pull of porn can be so powerful — especially in the Internet Age

  • Why porn is to sex like romantic comedies are to relationships

  • What women with compulsive sexual behavior have in common with women with addiction — and most women with anxiety

  • Why it’s important to talk about sexual problems

  • Which evidence-based intervention is shown to help with both sexual dysfunction and mental health challenges

  • How 15 minutes of mindfulness a day can change your sex life

Learn More

> About Nazanin Moali, PhD

> Dr. Moali’s website

> Better Sex Through Mindfulness: How Women Can Cultivate Desire by Laurie Brotto

> Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski, PhD

> Progression Counseling


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