Can Testosterone Therapy Help Depression?
Can Testosterone Therapy Help Depression? Let’s face it, most guys who hit their mid-thirties suddenly find it hard to maintain their physique and mental focus. Lack of enthusiasm at work and performance issues start to creep in along with an expanding waistline and generally feeling down in the dumps. All these symptoms are not easy to ignore, especially when they begin to affect your sex drive and mental health.
The connection between a woman’s ‘mood’ and a hormone imbalance is well recognized, often laying blame on their menopause. It is now widely accepted that men also suffer from the ‘Male Menopause’ (Andropause), albeit different from what women experience. As Testosterone levels decline, the benefits it gives you do as well—your physical appearance changes along with a dampening of mood and a reduced feeling of well-being.
Lack of Focus
We all suffer from being distracted from time to time, but as testosterone levels begin to fall from about the age of 35 onwards, your brain may start to slow down a little. Spatial awareness, cognitive ability, and memory can be affected by this natural decline in testosterone, but fear not testosterone therapy can help you regain focus and feel sharper again!
Your brain is always at work, which uses up lots of energy. As your testosterone and possibly thyroid levels decrease, your metabolism slows, meaning you may notice a slowdown in mental processing. With TRT, your metabolism will begin to regain its former efficiency, and many of our patients report a vast improvement in focus both at home and at work.
Stress is one of the most common causes of poor health and mortality in both men and women. Whenever we feel in danger, stressed out, or worried, the adrenal glands release cortisol. This hormone has the power to override testosterone. Testosterone is the hormone that gives men the ‘grrr’ and the desire to protect and fight for survival. With high cortisol levels brought on by stress, your testosterone levels drop.
In normal circumstances, your body releases cortisol in dangerous situations, which is why it is also called the ‘fight or flight’ hormone. It keeps you alert, raises your blood pressure, and speeds up your heart rate. You will know the feeling when you have a near-miss in your car or when your child is injured. Cortisol triggers that rush of energy that keeps you alert.
Unfortunately, because of the stresses of modern life, many people have higher than average cortisol levels. These constant high levels push down testosterone, which can trigger unwanted symptoms such as excess visceral fat and muscle wastage. These new adverse symptoms add to those feelings of depression and pile on more stress!
Increased cortisol levels and reduced testosterone have many symptoms that are the same and can indicate an imbalance in hormone levels.
- Loss of sex drive
- Sleep problems
- Lack of energy and interest
- Erectile Dysfunction
The good news is that testosterone replacement therapy can help tackle many of these symptoms.
Are The Symptoms of Reduced Testosterone all Linked?
Often physical and mental indicators of reduced testosterone levels interlink in some way. If, for example, your main issue is excess visceral fat, you may experience a loss of self-confidence, which could stress you out, leading to poor sleep and then a loss of libido. In a chain reaction of events, your problems become worse.
In the same manner as reduced hormone levels, the benefits of TRT are all interlinked. Improved metabolism will help you burn visceral fat easier, improving cardio health, increase blood flow, and improve mental ability, energy levels, and libido. Ultimately you will then become less stressed as a result of all the other benefits.
Irritability and Mood Swing
It is incredibly common for guys with lower than average testosterone to suffer mood swings and irritability. As they age, men tend to get grumpier, more angry, sarcastic, frustrated, depressed, withdrawn, anxious, and dissatisfied. It is no wonder men feel like this when all the physical symptoms of reduced testosterone have such an impact on appearance, libido, and self-confidence.
It is no coincidence as testosterone levels decline, a guys ‘vitality’ and ‘lust for life’ also fades. Fortunately, help is at hand, and after 10 years of treating men in our Charlotte clinic, we now offer TRT online delivered to your door. Many of our TRT patients do initially ask, ‘can testosterone therapy help depression?” and consequentially, many guys report very early in their treatment a marked improvement in general mood and well-being.
One particular patient summed it up brilliantly.
“Been on treatment for two months, and I can honestly say I’ve got a lot more energy, and I’m starting to sleep better!! Thanks to everyone at Male Excel and a shout out to Eric Lamb, who’s been helping me on my journey to feel better!!”
Can Testosterone Therapy Help Depression
Can Testosterone Therapy Help Depression? The two are undoubtedly connected, proving where the exact link is is not easy, and many studies have tried to prove or disprove this statement. What cannot be disputed is the power testosterone has to improve a man’s life when levels start to fall and beyond.
Suppose you consider all the things which can make a guy depressed, such as being overweight, having no drive, lack of energy, and low libido. In that case, it is fair to say that if a therapy such as testosterone replacement can reverse these, it will undoubtedly help ease depression.
How Can Male Excel Help You?
It is still surprising that doctors don’t prescribe TRT as a treatment for depression more commonly. Many men suffer in silence, trapped in a body they hate, while their hormone issues are pushed aside by mainstream medical ‘care.’ They are spoon-fed antidepressants and misinformation, feeling like failures and the world’s burden on their shoulders.
We look at the entire picture. Our treatments look at symptomology and behavior as well as test results and traditional medical practice. Everybody is different, so we treat everybody differently.
The question ‘Can testosterone therapy help depression?’ is answered pretty simply!
The phenomenon of ‘andropause’ is a reality, and TRT can not only significantly improve physical symptoms such as strength, muscle mass, and reduced visceral fat and insulin resistance. Testosterone can also improve cognitive function, depression, confidence, libido, and sleep. Testosterone therapy can transform a man’s existence by injecting life into their older years and adding years onto their life!