Let’s be honest–you’ve probably thought about the ways testosterone changes might be affecting performance, and even how they may be influencing certain aspects of your appearance (we’re not judging, we promise).
After all, things like that are tough to ignore when when your sex drive isn’t quite what it used to be or when your jeans start feeling just a little bit too tight.
For better or worse, these blunt external markers (all fixable, by the way!) make it easy to recognize just how crucial testosterone is to your health, contributing to important physical developments such as body composition and physique, bone density, and even energy levels.
But what's tougher to see out-of-the-gate is that healthy testosterone levels are also essential to keeping your mental health in good standing. Here are some of the most common ways low testosterone can trigger changes in your mood and mental health:
Lack of Focus
Everyone struggles with maintaining concentration from time to time, especially when digital distractions are at an all-time high. But low testosterone can amplify this problem. Namely, testosterone plays a pivotal role in supporting cognitive and organizational tasks. This means that low testosterone levels can make it harder to keep your mind concentrated and focused.
It’s not uncommon for men with low testosterone to experience significant mood swings. When testosterone levels are low and cortisol levels are comparably high, resulting behaviors can include anger, hostility, anxiety, and overall irritability.
Just as hormonal imbalances can trigger mood swings and irritability, low testosterone levels can also increase stress. In some men, the imbalance itself doesn’t induce stress, but lateral symptoms, such as erectile dysfunction or a decrease in sex drive, will invariably cause stress levels to rise.
Generally, depression is more common in women than in men, but studies have shown not only that the prevalence of depression in men increases with age, but also that this can happen in synch with dropping plasma testosterone levels. If your mood has declined and you’re feeling low, testosterone may be the culprit.
Testosterone replacement therapy can be an effective solution for irritability, depression, and other changes in mood. The treatment replenishes your body’s testosterone supply, providing adequate levels of the mood-balancing hormone and bringing your mental health back to a state of equilibrium.
Vault is elevating the standard for men’s health by providing a connection to in-person clinics that serve as places to learn more about testosterone benefits, deficiency, and treatments from experienced, licensed physicians.
This article was reviewed by Aaron Grotas, MD