When erectile dysfunction occurs, the causes can be either psychological, or physiological, or both. Either way, the effects of this disease can be devastating on sufferers (and their partners). Where the cause is psychological, the good news is that there are no underlying health concerns to worry about. And there are a number of treatment options available.
Psychological causes of erectile dysfunction include:
- Low self esteem – lack of self-confidence can contribute to erectile dysfunction
- Anxiety – worrying about sexual performance is a major factor in psychological erectile dysfunction. Once a man has experienced ED, the fear of continued failure causes further anxiety, and can further exacerbate the condition
- Depression – this is a common cause of ED, and while some medications can be helpful for depression, certain anti-depressants are known to cause ED
- Relationship issues – being in a tense, non-supportive relationship, or in a relationship with