Erectile Dysfunction: ED-Related Depression
It is not uncommon for men with ED to feel angry, frustrated, sad, or even unsure of them self. Such feelings, if not dealt with, can eventually lead to depression.
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.
Depression is an illness marked by persistent sadness, feelings of hopelessness, and a pessimistic outlook.
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 last indefinitely. Appropriate treatment, however, can help most people who suffer from depression get back on track.
If you think you may be depressed, do not suffer in silence. Depression is not a sign of personal weakness. Tell your doctor how you are feeling so that you can start feeling like yourself again.
There is no single test that can diagnose depression; however, there are certain patterns that doctors look for in order to make the diagnosis. As a result, your doctor will ask you several questions. Be honest with your answers so that you can receive the care you need.
Treatment for depression may include medication, psychotherapy (talk therapy), or a combination of both.
Reviewed by the doctors at The Cleveland Clinic Glickman Urological Institute.
Edited by Charlotte E. Grayson, MD, WebMD, August 2004.
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