Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is one of the most common medical conditions in the world, affecting more than half of the male population at some point in their lives. While ED was previously considered an old man’s problem, studies have shown that the condition can affect men of all ages. Most cases of ED are as a result of physical issues, such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, especially when it affects older men. Lifestyle choices like excessive drinking and smoking may also result in ED. However, for some men, the root of the problem is psychological issues. If you suffer from ED and you don’t have any underlying physical health conditions to blame it on, there’s a good chance that your problems are all in your head. While psychological issues are often harder to identify or even take seriously, they are just as valid as the physiological causes of ED, and it is important that you find out all you can about them so that you know how to resolve your ED problem.

Performance anxiety

The pressure to perform during sex can be overwhelming, particularly in new relationships where the man feels nervous about the first sexual encounter with a new partner and is eager to impress. In many instances, performance anxiety happens as a result of negative self-talk by men who constantly worry about being able to get an erection, pleasing their partner, or ejaculating too early. Any erectile issues in the past can also add to the weight of performance anxiety. The more anxious the man gets about their ability to perform, the less they’re able to do so.

In a lot of cases, performance anxiety is a temporary problem that goes away as you get accustomed to a new partner and become more comfortable in your sexual relationship. However, in cases where the problem won’t go away, it is important to address it sooner rather than later. Leaving it unaddressed will just make it a bigger obstacle in your sex life and overall relationship. Sometimes having an honest conversation with your partner about it may be all you need to relieve worries and ease any feelings of tension. If that doesn’t work, you can go to a sex therapist with your partner to seek advice or treatment options for your performance anxiety. As you work through your performance anxiety issues, it’s a good idea to take sex off the table for a while. With no pressure to perform in the bedroom, you can focus on doing the things you need to rebuild your confidence. You can also find other things to do to boost your intimacy levels with your partner, such as taking walks and trips together, massaging each other, and having deep conversations about life.

General life stress

Stress is a normal part of life. While stress may serve as a powerful motivator at times, it can also lead to ED. Periods of financial strain, issues at work, or stress related to any other area of your life can affect your sexual performance significantly. It doesn’t have to be a large load of stress to affect your sexual health; even simple stress – for example, a presentation at work tomorrow – can affect your ability to perform in bed.

There are a number of reasons why stress can result in ED. Some experts say that when a man is stressed, activity levels in the sections of the brain that manage arousal start to decrease. Another possible reason is distraction; when the brain is stressed, it becomes a lot more difficult to focus on intercourse. Hormonal issues during stress may also result in ED. Cortisol, the hormone produced as a response to stress, may cause sexual problems. Testosterone levels may also drop during periods of stress, making it hard to produce erections.

If stress is causing your ED, you’ll need to tackle it at the root. If your job is the reason why you are stressed, you can talk to your employer about reducing your workload or creating a better working environment. If financial problems are the cause of your stress, you can come up with an effective plan to resolve them or ask for help from friends and family. If relationship problems are causing your stress, you’ll need to communicate more effectively with your partner so that you can resolve your problems and work together to cultivate a healthy relationship.

Depression

Unless you’ve ever suffered from depression, it’s easy to underestimate how destructive it can be to someone’s life. You might think of it as a kind of sadness that comes and goes. However, this is far from the case; while depression can cause a feeling of sadness, it goes a lot deeper than that and lingers well beyond any specific trigger or cause. Depression can lead to feelings of emptiness and hopelessness, irritability, loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy, feelings of worthlessness, and difficulties in thinking and concentration. Those who have experienced it liken it to a heavy anchor weighing down the body and mind, affecting all physical and mental aspects of life, including the ability to produce an erection.

The worst thing about depression in men is that it usually goes unrecognized. Depressed men are more likely to suffer in silence than open up to someone about their problems; they are more likely to talk about physical symptoms like tiredness, rather than about their emotional state. Additionally, due to societal expectations. men are less likely to show the typical signs of depression like crying or sadness.

If depression is the cause of your ED, it’s important that you deal with it at the root.

Without proper treatment, depression symptoms can last indefinitely, which affects your ability to perform in the bedroom. Depression treatment starts with a physical exam and interview at a doctor’s office. There’s no single test that is used to diagnose depression, but there are various patterns that your doctor can look for when making the diagnosis. Depending on the nature of your depression, treatment options may include psychotherapy, antidepressants, or a combination of both. If you are taking medication, it is important to note that some antidepressants can worsen ED. As such, make sure you get your prescription from a health professional that can guarantee that the antidepressants you’re taking are appropriate for you. If you’re seeing a therapist, you can go together with your partner so that you get advice on how to deal with the depression and ED together.

Though psychological causes of ED may be more complex than physiological causes, they are still treatable. However, resolving psychological impotence can be challenging and will require a lot of time, patience, and therapy. You can work with your doctor to find the best course of treatment for any psychological issues you may have so that your sexual health can go back to normal.