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Thursday, January 13, 2022

There Is A Strong Link Between ED And Anxiety [In Young Men]

By Johnathan P Cumberwell

Anxiety and depression can cause erectile dysfunction. We know this. It’s a long established fact.

I have previously written about this here and here.

But a new research study just came out that shed more light on this connection, and particularly in young men (defined as men between 18-40 years old).

This study was published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine and followed the study subjects over 3 years. You find a link to the study at the end of the post.

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So what did this research study find?

  • Within a 12-month period before getting the ED diagnosis, the prevalence of depression and anxiety was 17.1%. The prevalence was 12.9% in men that were not diagnosed with ED.
  • At 12 months after receiving the ED diagnosis, the prevalence of depression and anxiety was 11.7% (vs. 6.3% for men without an ED diagnosis).
  • At 24 months after receiving the ED diagnosis, the prevalence of depression and anxiety was 14.5% (vs. 9.0% for men without an ED diagnosis).
  • At 12 months after receiving the ED diagnosis, the prevalence of depression and anxiety was 15.9% (vs. 10.6% for men without an ED diagnosis).

The researchers concluded: Young men with ED had significantly higher rates of depression and anxiety both before and after ED diagnosis in comparison to young men without ED.

What these numbers demonstrate, is that there is a link between ED and anxiety and depression.

It seems natural to think that anxiety and depression are likely to cause erectile dysfunction. Clinical evidence has also pointed this out before.

But it is also possible that struggling with ED can cause anxiety and depression. If you can’t ‘get it up’ and your sex life suffers, your mental health may also suffer.

So I believe that A causes B but also that B causes A, making this a self-reinforcing negative spiral.

What is one key takeaway?

If at all possible, try to avoid that ED hits you in the first place. This can in many cases be achieved by following a healthy lifestyle. You find more info here. 

To read the source article, please go here.