Is Psychological Impotence Troubling You?
However, because of the perceptions men attach to their sexuality and virility, and the subsequent feelings of frustration, anxiety and depression caused by impotence, psychological impotence can be the indirect result of impotence brought about by a physical condition.
Impotence (or erectile dysfunction) is defined as the inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse, and includes the inability to get an erection as a result of sexual stimulation or to lose your erection prior to ejaculation.
Impotence does not generally include other symptoms such as lack of libido, inability to ejaculate or the inability to achieve orgasm.
What Causes Psychological Impotence?
The brain plays an integral part in the physical process of creating an erection. It can also be equally responsible for preventing one.
If the portion of the brain responsible for sending impulses to the penis that result in an erection receives negative rather than positive messages, it will respond by releasing chemicals that constrict the blood vessels in the penis and inhibit the natural process that causes an erection.
Therefore, feelings of inadequacy, anxiety, stress, guilt, depression or sheer boredom can result in what is called psychogenic impotence (or psychological impotence) - the inability to achieve or maintain an erection due to psychological rather than physical causes.
Most men will experience psychological impotence at least once in their adult life, so it's important to know that an occasional episode is not a diagnosis for on-going impotence. In most cases, isolated episodes are more likely to be due to fatigue, stress or an over-indulgence in alcohol.
However, many men react to an occasional episode of impotence by becoming more anxious, which results in further sexual problems, hence more anxiety. This is called the "impotence domino effect" of anxiety - failure - more anxiety - more failure.
Despite the enormous advances men and women have made about their sexual roles and identity since the sexual revolution of the 1960's, many men still feel enormous pressure to "perform" sexually. Very often their feelings of self-worth and masculinity are intricately interwoven with their ability to "get it up". So it's easy to see why impotence, even if it is an isolated incident, can lead to "performance anxiety" and the subsequent loss of self-esteem.
The most important thing to remember is that occasional episodes of impotence are normal. Unless there is an underlying physical cause for impotence, or the episodes increase in frequency, there is no need for treatment.
Factors That Contribute To Psychological Impotence
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