Depression as a Root Cause of Impotence
Impotence can cause irritation, disappointment, sorrow and self-doubt for many men. If left untreated, it can lead to a more dangerous illness, namely depression.
In cases where depression is a root cause of impotence, treatment is still possible. The most important thing when you’re trying overcoming this problem is to be honest with your doctor, your partner, and of course, yourself. This will make it far easier.
Specialists characterize depression as a sustained sense of sadness, despair, as well as loss of any positive thoughts about life. The problem is often be indicated by the following signals:
- low self-esteem;
- previously interesting activities such as sex or hobbies are no longer entertaining;
- bad appetite;
- sleep disorders;
- lack of interest;
- drug and/or alcohol use;
- suicidal thoughts.
With depression, people cannot simply pull themselves together, as their entire perception of the outer world, life and themselves is afflicted by the illness. This means that they need effective professional treatment otherwise the symptoms usually won’t disappear. With the right care, a person can return to their normal state again.
You must try to avoid falling into the trap of suffering silently. Depression is not an indication of individual weakness — it is an issue of brain chemistry. Tell the doctor about your feelings and let him/her guide you so that you can recover as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, no available examinations can detect depression in the brain. However, several characteristics typically help doctors to identify the illness. The specialist will ask you some questions about your mental state. You must give honest answers so they can help you with your recovery.
Depression can be treated via:
- drug therapy;
- psychotherapy (e.g. cognitive behavioral therapy);
- a combination of both.
Unfortunately, most of these can worsen impotence as a side effect, so be honest with your doctor. Tell them if you’re experiencing impotence as a result of an antidepressant, so they can prescribe an appropriate medication to counter the effect.
Another method of treating depression is therapy with a qualified psychologist. They can assist you both in identifying the problem and making suggestions as to possible strategies to ease it. You can attend psychotherapy sessions alone, with a partner, or in a group meeting.
This article has been checked by medical professionals at the Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Institute of Urology.