Stress may manifest itself in all shapes and sizes. It could come in the formof work deadlines, getting the kids to school on time, or even deciding what to have for dinner. Everybody experiences it, yet few know how to deal with it. Aside from the feeling of mental unease that typically accompanies life’s stressors, a man’s body may undergo a series of physiological responses to stress as well. We’re all familiar with the most common symptoms of stress like headaches, irritability, or difficulty relaxing, but stress may also contribute to your erectile dysfunction. See a therapist to learn the most effective ways to deal with stress.
Depression can have a devastating effect on us physically and psychologically. Physically, our bodies may experience extended periods of fatigue and lethargy, while psychologically we may feel like there’s nowhere to turn. Depression in and of itself can contribute to erectile dysfunction due to the physical effects discussed above, but the way you treat depression may have an effect as well. Much like the actual depression itself, many anti-depressants can have a series of physical and psychological effects on a man in terms of his sexual health. Physically, anti-depressants may restrict blood flow to the penis, making it difficult to achieve an erection. Psychologically, anti-depressants may diminish interest in sex altogether. If you’re currently on anti-depressant medication, talk to your doctor if you feel it’s affecting your sexual vitality.
Performance anxiety, or fear of the inability to achieve or maintain an erection during sex, can be a major cause of erectile dysfunction. What’s worse is that fear of being incapable of satisfying your partner may stem from deeply rooted psychological factors. Fortunately, anxiety disorders are treatable through what’s known as cognitive behavioral therapy. Ask your doctor for his recommendations on licensed psychologists in your area to help overcome performance anxiety.