NHS criticises study that suggests people into bondage enjoy better mental health

A new study finds that practitioners of bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism, or BDSM, score better on a variety of personality and psychological measures than "vanilla" people who don't engage in unusual sex acts. BDSM is a sexual practice that revolves around those four fetishes.

The new study, published May 16 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, finds that, in fact, BDSM practitioners may be better off psychologically than the general public.

The results were that people who engaged in BDSM appeared to have a good mental health profile, and compared to control participants were:

Less neurotic
More extraverted
More open to new experiences
More conscientious
Less sensitive to rejection
Had a higher sense of wellbeing

However, an Economist Intelligence Unit called Bazian provided this analysys on behalf of our National Health Service.

The Mail Online’s headline that ‘bondage could be good for you’ and that ‘S&M enthusiasts are healthier’, are not supported by this survey. A more accurate, if slightly less arresting, headline would be ‘People who choose to take part in an S&M survey claim to enjoy better psychological health’.

This cross-sectional research provides only a single snapshot of how the Dutch people who took part in this online survey are feeling at a single point in time.

Overall, this research does not find that BDSM is associated with adverse psychological health or wellbeing, but this cannot be concluded with much certainty due to the way in which the study was carried out.

But should you invest in a pair of handcuffs for your health and wellbeing? Well, that would appear to be more an issue of personal preference rather than evidence-based science.

You can read the full report compiled on behalf of the NHS here. Let's just hope that not too much money was wasted on commissioning it.

Clearly the NHS are not going to be advising bondage as a treatment to a happier lifestyle, much to the disappointment of some of my friends husbands!

Next months NHS report (in no particular order of importance), the crisis hitting A&E departments.

 Bondage and better mental health
Bondage has improved my mental health, I handcuffed the missus to the bed once - and went down and watched telly is peace and bloody quiet for a change.
— a close friend