In the dynamic modern tempo of life, we are exposed to many factors that can affect us psychologically. Things like depression, stress, and low self-esteem can contribute to erectile dysfunction. If a doctor has checked your “pluming” and it is working fine, that the obstruction is in the head and can be resolved.
Statistics are reviling a worrying trend about erectile dysfunction (ED). The condition that was previously associated with old age is creeping up into studies with subjects into their 30s. Research suggests the approximately 26 percent of new cases of impotence are men under the age of forty. Something that is becoming even more obvious is that these people don’t have health issues, like the usual suspect’s heart disease or diabetes.
In the absence of physical health problems, psychological factors are a major contributing factor for many cases of impotence. Research shows that up to 20 percent of ED cases are psychological in nature.
Stress Contributes to Problems with Erections
The vicious cycle of stress and anxiety is an underline cause of many health problems. Erectile dysfunction is a byproduct of a stressful lifestyle. To be more specific it causes an imbalance in the bodily systems that control erections. As most men know, erections are initiated by visual or mental images, or due to physical stimulation. Both are controlled by hormones, the nervous system, and muscles. If any of these systems is compromised the result is impotence.
Evidence that supports the theory that stress contributes to erectile problems, can be found in a study published in a 2015 edition of Comprehensive Psychiatry. The research records 64 men with erectile dysfunction. There was a significant link between ED and anxiety disorders or depression. For a large number of patients, these disorders were present before the first symptoms of sexual dysfunction that suggests that the disorders could have been a contributing factor.
Depression and Low Self-Esteem
Feelings of hopelessness, general lack of energy, difficulty concentrating, and agitation are a symptom of depression. Not surprisingly when someone is burden with the feeling previously mention it’s hard to take pleasure in anything, let alone sex.
A clear link between depression and erectile dysfunction was shown in a study published in a 1998 edition of Psychosomatic Medicine. Researchers were able to conclude that a relationship between depressive symptoms and erectile dysfunction existed and was independent of aging and demographics.
If you are battling self-image issues, that can lead to performance anxiety, the cascading effect is ED. The feeling of guilt, about not being unable to satisfy the partner is the first to manifest. Guilt becomes more than a side effect. It contributes to the ongoing cycle of ED.
Guilt is often paired with low self-esteem, and not just in men with erectile dysfunction. Guilt and shame are feelings that are commonly linked to mental health issues such as depression.
Relationship Problems and Performance Anxiety
The silent treatment is never a good strategy in resolving relationship problems. Poor communication produces anger, which in turn affects your sexual desire. The emotional burden is resolved by cultivating a healthy relationship. Taking and making an effort to truly get to know your partner is a good first step. The symptoms can be alleviated by openly discussing the thoughts that are causing anxiety. Seek out a therapist, if you believe you cannot resolve the issues on your own.
One of the problems in a relationship stems from a lack of sexual satisfaction. The nervousness that originates in worries about being able to pleasure your partner, or ejaculating too early may lead to sexual dysfunction. If you have had erectile issues in the past, those experiences will add to the weight of performance anxiety.
Hyper Stimulation from Porn
It’s not a secret that most men watch pornography. And as the saying goes anything in moderation is a good thing. Unfortunately, not everybody sticks to that rule. Researchers have studied the effects caused by constantly watching pornography and have named the condition pornography induced erectile dysfunction. An addiction that is a potential cause for ED.
On a physiological level, if you’re constantly watching pornography, you may experience “hyperstimulation”. Basically, you are conditioning yourself to derive more physical stimulation from masturbation than from sex.
Treatments for Psychological Causes
In cases where a chemical imbalance is causing erectile dysfunction, medication can help. Anti-depressant treatments can relieve symptoms, as well as impotence. Many of the psychological issues mention above require therapy, patience, and time.
Psychological issues can affect more than just your mental health. Depression, anxiety, stress, and relationship problems can have a tremendous effect on your sexual function. If you’re experiencing ED along with psychological issues, talk with your doctor. Together, you and your doctor can find a cause and a treatment to bring your sexual health back to normal.