And SSRIs, the most commonly prescribed antidepressants, can cause sexual side effects like decreased sexual desire for both sexes, erectile dysfunction or delayed ejaculation in men, and trouble with orgasm in women.

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After all, some stats reveal that in marriages where one person is depressed, the divorce rate is nine times higher.

And if one person is bipolar, the divorce rate can be 90 percent, Stephanie Buehler, Psy D, a psychologist and sex therapist, tells Yahoo Health." data-reactid="31"Bruni, 50, is just one of the 42.5 million Americans (about one in five people in this country) with mental illness, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

(Illustration: Erik Mace for Yahoo Health)Christina Bruni seems to have it all.

She owns her own co-op, has a gym-toned body and striking good looks, and a career as a librarian.

Let’s Talk About Sex" data-reactid="66"Let’s Talk About Sex By now you probably know that something as “small” as a little bit of stress, lack of sleep, or even an antibiotic can affect your sex life — mental health condition or not.

But certain aspects of illness — whether it’s the condition itself, or the treatment — can affect sex in ways you may not realize. “If you’re bipolar, your libido may be very high and then may drop at times — especially if you’re not on medication,” says Buehler.

“I’m a creative, quirky gal who’s an artist and a writer, and I feel most at home among my own tribe.

I think someone with a mental illness would be more understanding of what I’ve been through, though I am open to dating people without mental conditions,” she says.

A partner without mental illness may not easily grasp all this.