One of the common factors that contributes to erectile dysfunction is psychological factors. These psychological factors may include things like stress, anxiety as well as depression.
Depression not only reduces a person's desire for sexual activity but some of the treatments we have for depression may also have erectile dysfunction as a side effect. So, it can be a fine balance in treating someone who has depression and erectile dysfunction. We may want to put the patient onto antidepressant medications which will help with the depression and may help with the patient's desire for sexual activity and things like that.
But, we have to also consider that these medications as a potential side effect may have worsening of erectile function. However, when factoring depression into your treatment protocol, it's important to speak with your physician or your psychiatrist regarding the medications that are available to you and what some of the potential side effects may be.