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Erectile Dysfunction and Depression: Is your mental health affecting your sex life?

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For many, erectile dysfunction (ED) is something they would associate with older men. For younger men suffering with mental health issues, however, the condition may have a larger affect their lives than some would assume.  

Although depression is widely known to cause overwhelming feelings of sadness, emptiness, and low self-esteem, it can also have an adverse effect on a person’s physical wellbeing; specifically, in men, direct links have been found between depression and ED, independent of their ages.  

ED can have a severe impact on a man’s mental health, particularly if they are already suffering from depression. The low self-esteem commonly associated with depression can lead to performance anxiety. This can cause a man to doubt his ability to perform sexually and please his partner which can cause sexual dysfunction.  

The feelings of guilt that also stem from depression can also materialise in a man’s sex life. Many who suffer from ED feel guilty about not being able to sexually please their partner.  

As depression in men has become less stigmatised in the 21st Century, the existing links between the mental health condition and ED become more understood by the general public and treatments become more accessible. Despite this, short-term solutions such as taking medication like Viagra, do not necessarily ease the psychological hardship.  

Here at MAC Clinical Research, we understand the difficulties and struggles associated with depression and ED. We are currently recruiting for our clinical trial to test a new treatment for the condition. If you are aged between 18-55 years old, have been diagnosed with depression but are not currently taking any antidepressants from your GP and are suffering from ED, you could be eligible for our trial which could be instrumental in finding more effective treatments for thousands like you who are also struggling.  

For more information and to register your interest in our trials visit: https://researchforyou.co.uk/depression-trial-4-erectile-dysfunction/

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