About 10 to 20 per cent of erectile dysfunction is caused by emotional and psychological factors like:

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Trauma (physical injury, job loss, divorce, bereavement)
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Performance anxiety

Diagnosing Psychological Impotence – Questions to Ask
There are four key questions you can ask yourself to help determine if your erectile dysfunction is psychological or physical in origin.

  1. Did it happen suddenly or gradually? (more likely to be physical if it develops gradually)
  2. Do you still experience spontaneous erections when at night or on waking? (more likely to be psychological if you are still having nocturnal erections)
  3. Are you experiencing relationship problems? (If you are under very heavy stress in your relationship or work, it is more likely your ED is psychological.)
  4. Is your ED situational or permanent? (if it only occurs in some situations it’s more likely to be psychological – or at least it’s an indicator if not a hard and fast rule)

For a much more detailed outline to diagnosing psychological Impotence see Psychological Impotence – Sex and Your Mind