The psychological causes of ED

Erectile dysfunction (iImpotence) refers to the class of problems, that is not acceptable to talk about. Thus, these problems become even more distressing for a person. Not only that the person has a certain “failure” in his own life in this situation, but he is also lonely. The second person, who knows about male erectile dysfunction is a woman. But she can do a lot of mistakes in responding to the problem too.

Thus, erectile dysfunction (impotence) is a weakening of the erection of the penis to the point at which sexual intercourse becomes impossible. This disorder can have 2 classes of causes: organic and psychological. The reasons have sufficiently clear differences from each other. Organic erectile dysfunction has a gradual beginning with the increasing dynamics, nocturnal erections are absent.

In the organic impotence, sexual desire is present, but sexual intercourse is not possible, regardless of the situation, mood, environment. Psychological impotence, by contrast, has a sudden nature and is highly dependent on the internal state, environment, and people, etc. For psychogenic erectile dysfunction night and any other spontaneous erections do not disappear, and disorder occurs on a background of problems in interpersonal relations.

According to statistics, over 70% of cases of impotence are psychological in origin.

Any man who noticed erectile dysfunction (impotence) should go to the doctor to exclude all organic causes. Only then one should go to a psychologist.

Psychological impotence: sentence or mild disorder?

In the case of psychological impotence operates ancient principle, which in modern society are rarely remembered. This principle states that our thoughts can materialize. Thus, everything that happens in our soul or mind can reflect on our body.

The reasons that cause impotence in each case is different and requires an individual approach.

Sometimes sexual potency and strength can be a central issue. And this question can play a very important role for the self-respect of men. These men believe their sexual appetite and potency are the subject of pride, and they are very afraid of losing them. Clearly, for every man, this issue plays a big role, but here we are talking about a hypertrophied sense of potency. This man is not very sure of himself, although he shows confidence in public. He is afraid of failures, missteps, and it is logical that at some moment he loses what he is so afraid to lose.

The situation of the beginning of the relationship with a woman is similar. Man feels the need to impress a woman, he worries, and eventually, he finds himself powerless.

Psychological erectile dysfunction may also be a consequence of other events in their lives. Take for example the situation of work and careers. If for a woman this question may be the primary or be secondary, for men work is a way of self-realization. It is a source of income, which is so necessary for the family. The success of the work becomes important in the life of men. And again, here it is man’s strength. Problems at work conflicts or intolerable situation may affect the potency and become a signal to men that the problem must be solved.

We now turn to the question of what to do?

If we consider the first type, the answer is obvious. It is important to understand that sexual life is only a part of our lives. It should be fun. Then you need to work with confidence. It needs to be brought into a harmonious state, to the level of standards. It should not be lost due to a sudden incident.

Regarding the second question, it is necessary to resolve arising issues in life and psychological impotence will pass by itself.

Myths and facts about ED and depression – your questions answered

There are popular myths and misconceptions about erectile dysfunction associated with psychological problems. This article in questions and answers will help you understand what is true and what fiction you should not believe. Find answers to many of the most common questions about depression and the sexual problems that could result from this illness. The following are common questions that men just like you are asking about ED and depression problems.

  • I was diagnosed with psychological erectile dysfunction. What does it mean?

Psychological erectile dysfunction occurs when there are strong feelings, stress, and problems in relationships. In contrast to the physiological, psychological impotence begins spontaneously – in a “perfect” day, after a family scandal, or beating from the chief, a man suddenly loses his erection.

  • I have depression and oral ED medications do not work for me. Is this normal?

This can certainly be normal. Although oral ED medications are well-known, they may not work for everyone.

  • I have depression and no signs of ED. Am I in the clear?

There are no steadfast rules as to how depression will affect your ability to perform sexually but a study from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine shows that men with depression may be twice as likely to develop erectile dysfunction. If you are affected by depression and currently do not have any sexual symptoms, you should talk to your doctor about how you can mitigate your risks of developing these symptoms in the future.

  • If I have depression, will I become impotent?

Having depression does not mean that you will become impotent, although studies show that it may greatly increase your chances. Taking preventative steps like getting proper exercise, keeping your cholesterol levels low and refraining from smoking can also help improve erectile function. Given the risks that come with having depression, you should talk with a doctor about lifestyle changes that can lessen the risk of developing ED or impotence.

  • Why does depression cause erectile dysfunction?

ED and depression are intertwined, with one often leading to the other. In some cases, the psychological and physiological symptoms of depression lead to ED. Depression can affect neurotransmitters in the brain, potentially making it difficult to achieve an erection or process sexual thoughts and feelings that normally lead to desire and arousal. Also, some medications for depression antidepressants can have sexual side effects that can dampen a man’s libido as well as make it difficult to achieve erections. Conversely, the anxiety, low self-esteem and relationship stress often associated with ED can ultimately lead to struggles with depression.

Every person has the necessary resources to resolve all issues in their lives independently. But sometimes, these resources are out of sight of man. If this happens, consult a psychologist for help. He will not cure problems, but he will direct resources and you can help yourself.

Medicine cures 95% of cases of organic impotence, psychology treats 100% of psychological erectile dysfunction.


The article is written by licensed urologists: Dr. David M. Kaufman and David M. Weiner, MD. If you have any questions after reading the article, you can contact us by asking a question in the feedback form
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