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Erectile dysfunction related depression

Erectile dysfunction and depression can be linked. Being depressed may contribute to a man's inability to get and maintain an erection, while having erection problems can also lead to mental health problems.

Seeking medical advice about depression and erectile dysfunction is important, and treatments are available for both conditions.

Recognising depression

Depression is an illness marked by persistent sadness, feelings of hopelessness and a pessimistic outlook.

Some of the symptoms of depression include:

  • Low mood
  • Low self-esteem
  • Loss of interest in formerly pleasurable activities (such as sex and hobbies)
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in appetite
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Apathy
  • Drug and/or alcohol use
  • Suicidal thoughts

Depression affects the way one feels about oneself and the way one thinks about life. People who are depressed cannot simply “pull themselves together” and get better. Without treatment, symptoms of depression can last indefinitely. Appropriate treatment, however, can help most people get back on track.

Diagnosing depression

If you think you may be depressed, don’t suffer in silence. Depression is not a sign of personal weakness. Tell your doctor how you are feeling so that you can start to get back to normal.

There is no single test to diagnose depression but there are certain patterns doctors look for in order to make the diagnosis. As a result, your doctor will ask you several questions. Be honest with your answers so that you can receive the care you need.

Treating depression

Treatment for depression may include medication, psychotherapy (talk therapy), or a combination of both.

  • Antidepressants: Many different medicines are used to treat depression. Some antidepressants can worsen ED, so be honest with your doctor about your condition so that he or she can prescribe an appropriate treatment.
  • Talk therapy: During therapy, a qualified mental healthcare professional will help you identify and work through issues related to depression. Types of talk therapy include couples therapy, individual therapy and group therapy.
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Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on April 22, 2016

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