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Nearly 30 million men suffer erectile dysfunction. It’s a number so high you’d think it was an accepted part of adult male life. It’s not.

Far too many aging men think of ED as a natural function of aging, but your lack of satisfying erections could signify a serious health problem. It could also be a symptom of mental distress.

No matter the cause, treating your erectile dysfunction requires a mental strategy. Read on to learn how to navigate the ups and downs of ED treatment so you can put your erectile troubles behind you.

The Two Sides of Depression

According to recent studies, 9.5% of American adults will suffer from a depressive disorder of some kind in any given year. Men who suffer from a depressive disorder may have the following symptoms:

  • Feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Lethargy
  • Disruptive sleep patterns
  • Inability to experience pleasure
  • Destructive or violent behavior

The most uneasy part about erectile dysfunction is its ability to be a symptom of depression and cause depression. Your depression might make you unable to achieve a satisfying erection. Your inability to achieve an erection may cause depression.

Erectile dysfunction caused by depression can be a vicious, neverending cycle.

What About Treatment?

Should you take the leap and decide to treat your depression, you deserve kudos. Far too many men either ignore or downplay their depression symptoms. Not seeking treatment and trying to “tough it out” is a matter of foolish pride, or as some call it, toxic masculinity.

That said, a frequent medical treatment for depression is selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). One of the most reported side effects of these drugs is erectile dysfunction. Your depression treatment might be the cause of your ED.

Don’t let that side effect discourage you from seeking treatment. If your depression medication causes erectile issues, keep in mind there are ways to treat it. ED meds are always an option.

If you don’t want to add more medication to your regimen, home shockwave therapy with the EDX will help you achieve arousal.

Communicate With Your Partner

Ignoring ED won’t make it go away. To deal with it, you have to accept you have a problem. Only then can you begin the process of communication with your partner. 

Though you are the one suffering from the condition, your partner feels the problem. You have to communicate your thoughts and feelings to guard their emotions. When you’re open, you’re far more likely to receive the support you need from your partner.

Ease Your Mind

Admitting you suffer from ED takes a lot of mental toughness. Doing so will lead you to treatment and recovery, but you can’t overthink it. Like depression, anxiety is a major mental contributing factor for erectile dysfunction.

When you experience arousal issues, it’s hard to forget them when you’re intimate with your partner. The worry of not being able to achieve an erection prevents you from staying in the moment. Then there is the shame and self-doubt that comes with being unable to satisfy your partner.

Overcoming ED in this scenario means relaxing. Don’t try to force yourself to arousal. Enjoy the foreplay and accentuate your lover’s experience.

Your touch will help satisfy your lover, and an extended foreplay session may help you put your mind at ease. You’ll be surprised at what follows.

Don’t Focus on Sex

While you begin your treatment plan for erectile dysfunction, try to ease the pressure of performance. If you and your lover can communicate openly, you can wade through the beginning stages of shockwave treatment and wait patiently for results.

This period can be a time of renewal for your relationship. You and your partner can reconnect in ways that don’t directly involve direct sexual intimacy. Take the time to go on dates and reestablish the reasons you love one another.

Nights of deep conversations in intimate quarters can transport you to a time before life got in the way. Start by holding hands and light touching. Sneak a kiss at the end of the night, and focus not on the sensory details of your partner.

Take in the sweet smell of their perfume. Let your hands linger in their hair.

Let go of the notion that a kiss must lead to sex. Let the rest unfold with no expectations.

Don’t Accept ED

Your body starts to change in your late thirties and continues to transform during middle age. You may notice slight weight gain or the onset of male pattern baldness. While balding is genetic and slight weight gain is normal, erectile dysfunction is neither.

Erectile dysfunction could be a symptom of the following health conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Low testosterone

Catching each one of these conditions in its early stages may save your life or improve your quality of life as you age. If you experience frequent erectile issues that won’t resolve, stay calm. Make an appointment with your primary care physician, and they’ll evaluate your health.

From there, you and your doctor can decide on an erectile treatment plan that can involve shockwave therapy.

Treating Erectile Dysfunction Mentally

Erectile dysfunction is a condition caused by or contributes to mental distress. Depression and anxiety can cause ED, and ED can cause depression and anxiety. The mental aspects of treating erectile dysfunction require a lot of bravery.

Make sure to communicate with your partner and stay calm. Don’t let your neuroses derail your treatment plan. 

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