The correlation between sexual dysfunction and depression is among one of the most commonly discussed correlations in the sexual health realm. Many things can be attributed to this correlation.
Depression works in mysterious ways: Sometimes it’s noticeable and sometimes you’re diagnosed without ever seeing blatant symptoms. One side effect of depression (and sometimes the most recognizable) is that of a depleted sex drive.
When you are experiencing depression, neurotransmitters in your brain stop sending the proper messages to increase blood flow to your sex organs and therefore hinder sexuality. The imbalance of chemicals, trauma, and mood disorders among other things are some of the most common causes of a change in sexual health. SSRIs, or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, are often prescribed to patients suffering from depression, however, have many unwanted side effects including sexual dysfunction.
Depression can be treated in a number of ways. Exercise increases serotonin levels and helps many with the feelings associated with depression. Yoga and meditation, as well as group activities in the field of your choice, also have shown positive benefits. These options are ones that many take advantage of in order to avoid medications.
Another option is treating sexual dysfunction separately from depression. Often, the two can be involved in a negative feedback loop, and getting help for one condition can help alleviate the severity of the other.