It is not uncommon for men with erectile dysfunction (ED) to feel angry, frustrated, sad, or even unsure of themselves. While there are many medical causes of ED, studies have shown that men with ED may be twice as likely to develop clinical depression as compared to those without ED.
Depression that accompanies ED is treatable. The first step in overcoming depression is to be honest with yourself, your partner, and your doctor. After depression has been brought out into the open, coping with it will be easier and less stressful.
Recognizing Depression With ED
Depression is an illness marked by persistent sadness, feelings of hopelessness, and a pessimistic outlook. The most common symptoms of depression include:
Loss of interest in formerly pleasurable activities
Changes in appetite
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 persist for months or even years. Appropriate treatment, however, can help most people who suffer from depression get back on track.