Depression and erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction or ED is a term used for male impotence. It was defined as the inability to have or maintain firm erection during a sexual intercourse. Depression is a complex problem and it can be defined as feeling unhappy, miserable and sad. Depressive disorder can cause erectile dysfunction.

Also the depression can be the result of ED. It is important for the doctor to know the underlying cause because the treatment depends on that.

It is very important to make a distinction between the loss of libido and inability to have erection. It is normal for a man who is stressed or has been betrayed to have a low libido or no libido at all. Usually depression is associated with disappointment. Losing economic and professional status can also lead to loss of confidence in their sexual abilities. Although temporary impotence is widespread most men refuse to believe this and feel embarrassed about it and do not share their problem with their partner. And what is worse they panic. This attitude deepens his depression causing problems in his relationship.

Counseling is often useful if it can be accepted. It would be much easier for men to compare temporary impotence to a common cold- is unpleasant and irritating, but not scary and is easily preventable, but you have to know how.

Every case of erectile dysfunction implies a huge fear of permanent impotence. This fear is the main factor in majority of cases of so called impotence. He is constantly concerned about not only obtaining but also for maintaining an erection satisfactory for penetration. These worries are in fact the problem leading them to decrease in erection.

Erectile dysfunction and loss of self confidence are so closely connected to each other. Any change seen as negative by a man who has low self-esteem can lead to loss of confidence in his sexual ability. Loss of hair, weight gain, certain disabilities or process of aging can sometimes undermine confidence in their own sexuality. If his partner is not very caring, and he does not have a good opinion about himself is even more unlikely that he would be willing to have sex or to maintain an erection in the company of partner. These only aggravate the feeling of failure.

If one of the partners suffers strong physical changes, this may also lead to reduction of sexual attraction and even aversion (weight gain).

There are many different situations and combinations of events that can lead to loss of desire and erection problems. A large part of them are temporary, but can cause great unhappiness as long as last.

If stress, anxiety and depression are the cause of erectile dysfunction, your doctor may suggest that you and your partner to see a psychologist or a psychiatrist with experience in treating the sexual problems. Overcoming these fears and pain is a real challenge, but it is necessary for a healthy sex life. Men unsure about the use of counseling or therapy might take into consideration scheduling a number of sessions with a good therapist to form an opinion.