“I am a psychologist and sex therapist who is publishing the book Sex, Love, & Mental Illness: A Couple’s Guide to Staying Connected. It’s geared toward couples in which one (or both) partners has a mental health problem, and toward the therapists and others who may help them.
“It discusses how a spectrum of problems affect sexuality, including side effects of medication—and ways couples can work together to overcome them. The problems include depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ADD, substance dependence, and Asperger’s Syndrome, among others.
“The book offers examples of struggles couples have faced and provides pragmatic activities including sensual touching and mindfulness. I wrote it because one day I had a client with severe bipolar disorder and his wife come into my office and I found myself wondering just how to approach all of the concerns that they had.
“I wanted to reach on my shelf for a book—but none was there. I realized at that moment that I had stumbled upon a little recognized but very important topic that I think will make a huge difference in the lives of many couples.
“I’m looking for ideas on how to market to specific niches like psychotherapists and pastoral counselors who may want to buy my book and use the info with their clients. Hounds, can you help?”
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