Sven Wombwell
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Depression in Men Could be Down To Low Testosterone levels

Can Testosterone Therapy help depression in men? 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 creep in along with an expanding waistline and generally feeling down in the dumps. These symptoms are not easy to ignore, especially when they affect your sex drive and mental health.

The connection between a woman's 'mood' and a hormone imbalance is well recognized, often blaming their menopause. It is now widely accepted that depression in men and other symptoms like weight gain and low energy could stem from 'Male Menopause' (Andropause). Albeit different from what women experience, the medical community now recognizes low T as treatable, but why does this happen? 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 occasionally, but as testosterone levels begin to fall from about age 35 onwards, your brain may start to slow down a little. This natural decline in testosterone can affect spatial awareness, cognitive ability, and memory, 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 at home and work.

Stress Can Cause Depression in Men

Stress is among the most common causes of poor health and mortality in both men and women. The adrenal glands release cortisol whenever we feel in danger, stressed out, or worried. 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. Most of us 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, triggering 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 of the same symptoms and can indicate an imbalance in hormone levels.

  • Loss of sex drive
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep problems
  • Depression
  • Lack of energy and interest
  • Irritability
  • Erectile Dysfunction

The good news is that testosterone replacement therapy can help tackle many of these symptoms. 

Symptoms of Low Testosterone are Linked to Depression in Men?

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, improve cardio health, increase blood flow, and improve mental ability, energy levels, and libido. Ultimately you will become less stressed due to all the other benefits.

Diagram showing how the benefits of testosterone are all linked

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 may get grumpier, more angry, sarcastic, frustrated, depressed, withdrawn, anxious, and dissatisfied. No wonder men feel like this when all the physical symptoms of reduced testosterone impact appearance, libido, and self-confidence.

It is no coincidence that as testosterone levels decline, a guy's vitality and 'lust for life' also fade. 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 initially ask, 'can testosterone therapy help depression?" and consequently, many guys report a marked improvement in general mood and well-being very early in their treatment.

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, who's been helping me on my journey to feel better!!"

Lou H, verified Male Excel Patient

Can Testosterone Therapy Ease Depression in Men?

Can Testosterone Therapy Help Depression? The two are undoubtedly connected. However, demonstrating the link is difficult, with many studies attempting to prove or disprove the connection. What cannot be disputed is the potential testosterone has to improve a man's life when levels start to fall and beyond.

Suppose you consider all the things that can make a guy depressed, such as being overweight, having no drive, lacking energy, and having low libido. Then, 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 more commonly as a treatment for depression. Many men suffer in silence, trapped in a body they hate. At the same time, 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 symptomatology, behavior, test results, and traditional medical practice. Everybody is different, so we treat everybody differently.

The question 'Can testosterone therapy help depression?' is simply answered!

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 potentially transform future health by injecting life into their older years and adding years to their life!

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