How does Erectile Dysfunction Bring about Depression?
Erectile dysfunction is a medical condition that touches on the core of manhood, the ability to get an erection. This condition makes it difficult or simply impossible for men to get and or sustain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse. As if this is not embarrassing enough, erectile dysfunction occurs abruptly and in front of a second party. Therefore, most men feel that suffering from erectile dysfunction is utterly humiliating.
A condition that is so closely related to a man’s sexual performance and ability to procreate can completely mess up with a man’s self-esteem and self-respect. The moment low self-esteem sets in, withdrawal from the rest of the world and depression follows closely behind. Erectile dysfunction can easily lead to depression because it makes a man feel ashamed, helpless, worthless, isolated and frustrated. In addition, pondering on the problem instead of seeking help can spiral out of control leading to mental and emotional exhaustion which can in turn lead to depression.
What are the Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction based Depression?
Patients who are suffering from or are likely to suffer from depression due to erectile dysfunction can easily be spotted by the symptoms they portray. If you are a loved one of a man portraying these symptoms, take it as a sign that they are in dire need of help. These symptoms include:
- Anger and bitterness portrayed through temper tantrums
- Low self esteem
- Isolation and withdrawal portrayed through ending any romantic liaisons and withdrawing from social interactions
- Abuse of alcohol and other drug substances
- Loss of appetite
- Insomnia and other forms of sleep disturbances
- Changes in routine that can be deemed as reckless such as failure to go to work or attend a job interview
- General unhappiness and loss of interest in pleasurable activities
- Unexplained fatigue
- Pessimism about life and suicidal thoughts
What is the Impact of Suffering from Erectile Dysfunction based Depression?
Suffering from depression due to erectile dysfunction has only negative impacts on a man’s wellbeing and social life. In addition, it escalates the problem of impotence making it more difficult to treat. This is why patients who suffer from impotence should get help immediately. In case the problem leads to depression, they should still get both problems addressed. The following are some of the negative things erectile dysfunction based depression can do to your life:
- Poor lifestyle choices such as excessive alcohol intake
- Reduction in your work or career productivity
- Loneliness due to isolating one’s self
- Diminished self-confidence
- Depression can make you less likable as it leads to pessimism and complaining. This can have a negative impact on your social interactions and friendships
- Escalation of impotence making it more difficult to treat
- Lack of interest in family and social activities
- Mental exhaustion due to insomnia and worrying too much
- Ending of romantic relationships and divorce
How to treat Depression due to Erectile Dysfunction
Unfortunately, depression cannot be detected by doing physical tests. If your doctor suspects that you are suffering from depression, he or she will ask you several questions to confirm these suspicions. Once the state of your mental health has been established, your doctor will recommend an appropriate treatment plan. Treatment can be carried out in the following ways:
Prescribing antidepressants is quite a reasonable approach which most physicians will recommend. Antidepressants are generally known to be highly effective in dealing with depression. In this case, avoid buying antidepressants over the counter and get them from your doctor who will give you the right dosage.
Your doctor may recommend getting professional counseling in terms of individual therapy, group therapy or couples therapy. Communicating openly about your worries has been known to be exceedingly relieving which is essentially why therapy is so popular.
Both Antidepressants and Talk Therapy:
In cases where the depression is severe to the point of affecting the patient’s ability to communicate, both treatment plans may be recommended by your doctor.
In an ironical twist, sometimes the very same antidepressants which are prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction based depression may lead to or worsen impotence. Impotence has been known to be a side effect of antidepressants. In this case, talk to your doctor who will prescribe newly innovated antidepressants that cannot worsen your impotence. Also, in seeking treatment for your depression, you should also seek treatment for erectile dysfunction.
All in all, treating depression as well as erectile dysfunction can be tricky because both conditions are difficult to diagnose and most patients opt to suffer in silence. Instead of withdrawing, talk to your loved ones and seek medical assistance. Remember that your doctor or loved ones cannot help you if they do not know what the problem is. Therefore, open up; it’s more therapeutic than you think.