It is rare for men with erectile dysfunction (ED) to feel angry, frustrated, depressed, or insecure. Although there are many medical causes for ED, studies have shown that men with ED are twice as likely to have clinical depression as those without ED.
ED depression is treatable. The first step in overcoming depression is, to be honest with yourself, your partner, and your doctor. Once the stress is gone, coping with it will be easier and less stressful.
Recognizing Depression With ED
Depression is a disorder characterized by persistent sadness, feelings of despair, and pessimism. The most common symptoms of depression include:
Loss of interest in previous activities was exciting
A change in appetite
Depression affects how a person feels about themselves and how they think about life. Depressed people can not “connect” and get better.
Without treatment, symptoms of depression can persist for months or even years. Proper treatment, however, can help many sufferers to regain their balance.
Depression Assessment With ED
If you have an ED and think you may be depressed, do not suffer in peace. Depression is not a sign of personal weakness. Tell your doctor how you feel so you can begin to feel like you do too.
No single test can diagnose depression; however, there are certain patterns that doctors look for to get a diagnosis. As a result, your doctor will ask you several questions. Be honest with your answers and get the care you need.
Treating Depression With ED
Depression treatment may include medication, psychotherapy (speech therapy), or a combination of both.
Antidepressants: Many different drugs, including Elavil, Prozac, Wellbutrin, and Zoloft are used to treat depression. Some antidepressants can cause or make ED worse, so be sure to consult your doctor about your condition so that he or she can give you the appropriate treatment.
Talk therapy: During treatment, a licensed and trained mental health professional to help you identify and address ED-related problems and depression. Types of speech therapy include couple therapy, individualized treatment, and group therapy.
Seeing a Doctor: Help for Erectile Dysfunction
The first step in controlling erectile dysfunction is taking a holistic sexual, medical, and psychological history. Schedule adequate time with your doctor for a full interview and physical examination. Erectile dysfunction is a sensitive topic. By empathizing with your feelings, your doctor will help you feel more comfortable by sharing in-depth details of your private life. Talk to your doctor about how you feel. Let your doctor know what he or she can do to improve the quality of your visit.
Your doctor will ask if you have difficulty getting an erection if the erection is ready to go in, if the erection can be maintained until the partner reaches orgasm if ejaculation occurs, and if both partners are satisfied.
You will be asked about current medications you are taking, about any surgery you may have had, and any other disorders (history of trauma, previous prostate surgery, or radiation treatment, for example).
The doctor will want to know all the medications you have taken in the past year, including all the vitamins and other nutrients.
Tell your doctor about your use of tobacco, alcohol, and foods that contain caffeine, as well as any illicit drugs.
Does your partner know you need help with this problem?
Your doctor will ask you for specific answers to questions such as these:
How long has the problem existed? Does an event, such as major surgery or a divorce, happen at the same time or shortly before the problem starts?
Have you lost your sexual urges? If so, do you think it’s just a reaction to bad work?
How strong is your pride now? Can you find a parking spot ready to enter in just a moment? Is caring for the posture a problem?
Can you reach orgasm, climax, and ejaculation?
Is the penis somehow hard at the climax?
Do you still have erections in the morning?
Is penile curvature (Peyronie’s disease) a problem?
How often do you prefer to have sex, if you think erections work normally?