Erectile issues: Is it all in your head?
When your little fella refuses to stand at attention, you may begin to wrack your brain for possible causes. Have I been eating poorly? Should I work out more? Is this hereditary? The answer to the problem that plagues you may be a bit more abstract: your erectile issues could be psychological.
While a sedentary lifestyle or heart disease can lead to difficulties achieving an erection, feelings of stress, depression, or anxiety can also lead to problems in the sheets.
In fact, a recent survey found that psychological factors are responsible for about 10%-20% of all cases of erectile issues.
Here are some of the most common psychological causes of erectile issues:
Stress: Maybe you’ve got a big project looming over you at work, or money has been tight around the house. Excess stress can lead to a preoccupied mind, which can make it difficult to achieve an erection.
Anxiety: A missed erection is nothing to panic about, but so men become anxious about it happening again, leading to performance anxiety. This will make it difficult to get an erection, and will become a self fulfilling prophecy.
Depression: One of the most common psychological causes of erectile issues. Depression can lead to erectile issues even when a man feels completely comfortable in the sheets. If left undiagnosed, depression can overtake many aspects of your life, including your erection.
If there are outside factors that are causing a man to experience any of these feelings, it’s possible they will deal with erectile issues. Get to the root of your psychological issues by seeking out therapy, and you may see the problem disappear.