Depression and impotence are both still taboo subjects in mainstream culture, especially among men. It should then come as no surprise that there is a strong connection between these
two damaging disorders. A recent body of evidence suggests that depression is a leading cause of erectile dysfunction, affecting men both physically and psychologically.
Almost 7% of all Americans over the age of 18 suffer from some form of depression according to the National Institute of Mental Health. If left untreated depression can lead to feelings of fatigue, agitation, anxiety, self-loathing and even thoughts of suicide. The causes of depression are not fully understood but it can be brought on by a chemical imbalance, isolation, grief, trauma, or genetic predisposition.
Depression has also been linked to lower levels of testosterone. This lack of testosterone is a major contributor to erectile dysfunction. ED can be a cause of significant anxiety and feelings of failure, which leads to
more severe depression. This cycle can be very painful and is difficult to break without professional help.
Antidepressants prescribed by a medical care professional have also been linked to chronic ED. A study by the University of Virginia’s Department of Psychiatric Medicine found that about 37% of men taking antidepressants suffered from some form of sexual dysfunction.
Symptoms Of Depression And Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction is a common problem. Many factors can lead to ED and it can be difficult to know if depression is among them. These are some warning signs:
- You have lost interest and desire in sex or sex no long feels good.
- You experience ED after a stressful event such as the loss of a job or a loved one.
- You experience erectile dysfunction associated with negative feelings about yourself.
If you are experience signs of depression, erectile dysfunction or both it is important to talk to a physician right away. Many helpful treatments exist to treat these conditions, helping men enjoy a normal and healthy sex life.