Anxiety and depression among Greek men with primary erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation

Erectile dysfunction (ED) and premature ejaculation (PE) are the two most prevalent sexual disorders among males associated with significant distress and impairment in quality of life. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of anxiety and depression symptoms among patients with primary ED and PE.

A sample of 57 men (ED = 31; PE = 26) were compared to 25 male outpatients with anxiety disorder (AD) and 25 healthy controls. Principal assessment measures included the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI).

Greater levels of STAI state anxiety were reported among the ED, PE, and AD groups as compared to healthy controls. In contrast ED and AD groups scored higher than controls on the STAI trait anxiety and BDI, but PE scores were not different from healthy controls in both measures.

The study findings suggest that both primary ED and PE are conditions associated with significant state anxiety; however, PE appears to be less associated with trait anxiety and depression compared to ED, a finding that corroborates the recent acknowledgement of PE as a more biologically based condition. Limitations and potential clinical implications are also discussed.

Annals of general psychiatry. 2015 Oct 29*** epublish ***

Iraklis Mourikis, Marianthi Antoniou, Efi Matsouka, Eleni Vousoura, Chara Tzavara, Chrysa Ekizoglou, George N Papadimitriou, Nikos Vaidakis, Iannis M Zervas

Department of Psychiatry, Eginition Hospital, Athens University Medical School, 72-74 Vas. Sophias Ave. , 11528 Athens, Greece ; Sexual Disorders Clinic, First Department of Psychiatry, Eginition Hospital, 74 Vas. Sofias Ave, 11528 Athens, Greece. , Department of Psychiatry, Eginition Hospital, Athens University Medical School, 72-74 Vas. Sophias Ave. , 11528 Athens, Greece. , Department of Psychiatry, Eginition Hospital, Athens University Medical School, 72-74 Vas. Sophias Ave. , 11528 Athens, Greece. , Department of Psychiatry, Eginition Hospital, Athens University Medical School, 72-74 Vas. Sophias Ave. , 11528 Athens, Greece. , Department of Psychiatry, Eginition Hospital, Athens University Medical School, 72-74 Vas. Sophias Ave. , 11528 Athens, Greece. , Department of Psychiatry, Eginition Hospital, Athens University Medical School, 72-74 Vas. Sophias Ave. , 11528 Athens, Greece. , Department of Psychiatry, Eginition Hospital, Athens University Medical School, 72-74 Vas. Sophias Ave. , 11528 Athens, Greece. , Department of Psychiatry, Eginition Hospital, Athens University Medical School, 72-74 Vas. Sophias Ave. , 11528 Athens, Greece. , Department of Psychiatry, Eginition Hospital, Athens University Medical School, 72-74 Vas. Sophias Ave. , 11528 Athens, Greece.

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