To which degree schizophrenia is linked to problematic sexual behavior has yet to be established it is clear that institutionalization and psychotropic medication often impair sexual functioning still most patients with schizophrenia show an interest in sex that differs little from the general population. Sexual functioning and its consequences should be a clinically important concern for practitioners and programs serving the needs of persons with schizophreniaunfortunately sexuality is rarely on the radar screen of the vast majority of mental health professionals. Mary v seeman mdcm frcpc facp is professor and tapscott chair of schizophrenia studies at the university of toronto and centre for addiction and mental healthtoronto ontario canada seeman mv. Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder impacting the lives of approximately 51 million people worldwide every year 1 schizophrenia is defined primarily as a loss of touch with reality causing a person to be uncertain of what is real and what is occurring only in their mind 1 in addition to affecting a persons thoughts feelings and behaviors schizophrenia can also impact an
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