Nervousness and anxiety definition, physical symptoms and treatment

A good erection for most men is the norm of life. Problems with erection make an imbalance and can drive even the most seasoned representatives of the stronger sex. The absence of an erection can be not only organic, but also psychological. And in both cases, a man cannot do without the help of a specialist.

Symptoms of  Erectile Dysfunction caused by nervousness

Often the absence of an erection is one of the negative consequences of nervousness or anxiety. Erection – a very delicate state, even, you might say, mental. Increased anxiety, frequent quarrels, as well as all other emotional upheavals can lead to problems with erections, which further exacerbates the situation. A man who has Erectile Dysfunction because of nervousness or anxiety experiences problems in sexual life, which are manifested in difficulties to have an erection sufficient for the successful intercourse or can’t reach erection at all. Erectile Dysfunction can be combined with a decrease in sexual desire, a violation of ejaculation and orgasm. Most men suffering from anxiety have problems with the decreased libido. However, the violation of potency against the background of nervousness very quickly passes after the stabilization of the psychological state. For psychological Erectile Dysfunction the following features are common:

  • Sudden onset of function disorder;
  • Night spontaneous erections saved;
  • The problem of relations with a partner;
  • Problems in certain circumstances.

Nervousness as the result of expectation of failure

Once having arisen, problems with erection can take a permanent character, and may not be repeated. Many men experienced a temporary loss of erection due to nervousness or anxiety at the beginning of a new relationship, but most of these difficulties disappear without the need for treatment. Nevertheless, some erectile problems are more persistent, and, without doubt, the neurosis of expecting failure is one of the main factors provoking and supporting the loss of erection. If a man has a very strong desire to “please” the partner and the deterioration of the erectile capacity of any origin, the expectation of failure, based on real or apparent circumstances, causes a high level of anxiety, which in turn increases the probability of failure. This cycle of fears and failures after the patient enters the vicious circle of “fear of fear” takes a strong self-sustaining character. The neurosis of expectation can be disguised and experienced only mentally or openly and pour out into more habitual visceral sensations with subjective anxiety.

The neurosis of expectations can arise from imaginary events or from the actual past experience and it can persist for a long time after the accidents that provoked it are forgotten. Very often the erection is disturbed due to any diseases of the nervous system, often it is the defeat of the peripheral nervous system that becomes the main cause of the development of Erectile Dysfunction.

How to help men suffering from Erectile Dysfunction because of anxiety?

In the formation of Erectile Dysfunction, psychological factors play a key role: nervous tension, stress and more serious disorders, such as phobias, anxiety, depression, and others. In the period of changes, in the age of economic crises, in stressful times, anxiety about the family and other fears hit the mental health of men and sexual reactions can clearly be affected. In such cases, the patient should be treated by an andrologist and clinical psychologist as well. There is also a sex therapy. To have the better effect the treatment with the elements of behavioral therapy is recommended to be held with a sexual partner.

This article was written by Dr. Breslin, a private certified urologist and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a former research fellow at the Harvard Institute, and the author of scientific articles related to urinary incontinence and bladder control.
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