For men with erectile dysfunction, anger, frustration, sadness, anxiety and self-doubt are quite common feelings. Such feelings, without finding outlet, can ultimately lead to development of depression. And this problem is in itself a serious obstacle not only for maintaining normal relations with partner, but also for restoration of normal erection.
The main thing that can be done to overcome depression that accompanies erectile dysfunction is to recognize its presence and seek help. There is nothing shameful in getting rid of one more problem that interferes with treatment of erectile dysfunction and significantly worsens social life and interpersonal relationships.
How to Recognize Beginning of Depression?
Depression is characterized by persistent low mood, sadness, feeling of hopelessness and progressive pessimism. Other symptoms of depression:
- low self-esteem;
- sleep disturbance;
- deterioration of appetite;
- loss of interest in what used to be nice, for example, relationships or hobbies;
- craving for alcohol or drugs;
- suicidal thoughts.
Depression is a disease. A person suffering from it can not simply «pull himself together» and start living differently and without treatment, depression can continue for long time. At the same time, seeking for help allows to receive treatment that allows most people to return to normal life.
How to Apply for Help?
Most people with depression prefer to «suffer» in silence. But development of this disease is not a sign of «inferiority» and personal weakness. Erectile dysfunction often becomes serious damage to male self-esteem and self-confidence. After all, «qualitative erection», as the main advantage of a real man, is a persistent stereotype, imposed on society by both men and women.
Psychotherapist is engaged in treatment of depression. Depression can not be detected by blood test or X-ray. There are no tests to immediately diagnose it. In order to understand what is happening to you, doctor will hold conversation and ask a few questions. Be honest, answering them – after all, correct diagnosis means that you can get help you need.
How is Depression Treated?
This disease can be cured with the help of psychotherapy – individual or group, as well as special drugs. Sometimes doctor assigns combination of these two methods.
Special drugs for treatment of depression are called antidepressants. Some of them can aggravate erectile dysfunction, so be sure to tell doctor about this problem so that he will pick up drugs without such side effect.
Psychotherapy will allow you to identify problem that led to development of depression and using certain methods to solve it.