Can having sub optimal testosterone levels lead to depression?
And could a man suffering from low testosterone actually be misdiagnosed with depression?
The answer to both of these questions is YES and YES.
The current body of research has demonstrated a strong correlation between sub optimal testosterone levels while suffering from depression.
How can this be? Isn’t depression purely all in the brain? Or is testosterone more than just a “sex and muscle” hormone?
Testosterone affects ALL aspects of health
Testosterone is mischaracterized by the media as being a “hormone” that causes “aggression”. Men that take testosterone are “steroid abusers” and “addicts” that are angry and insecure.
This portrayal is not only massively FALSE, it contradicts modern medical science. The current body of research on testosterone and its enormously POSITIVE effects on physical, mental, and emotional health are massive.
What millions upon millions of men dont know is that testosterone affects COGNITIVE health. Testosterone literally affects how your brain functions, performs, and feels at a cellular level.
Optimal levels of testosterone in men are correlated not only with healthy sex drive and libido, but also
-increased work productivity
-Positive outlook on the future
-Increased ability to connect with others
-High daily energy
-Increased quality of life
While these effects are hard to measure quantitatively, objectively the current body of research has demonstrated many times over that happy men who enjoy their lives have optimal testosterone levels.
The research has also demonstrated that depression, low perceived quality of life, negative outlook on ones future, fatigue, and overall lack of energy, ALL of these things strongly correlate with low testosterone levels.
Tired all the time? Never able to sleep enough, regardless how many hours you get? Suboptimal testosterone may very well be the root cause
What is Sub Optimal Testosterone?
The current state of medicine says “normal” testosterone is anywhere from 280 to 1100 ng/ml. This is a very broad range however, and many men will experience “low test” symptoms anywhere from 400 to below.
Additionally, there is also a measurement of “free testosterone”, which is the amount of the hormone in your blood that is having a daily active effect on your tissues/brain/muscles. Your total might be 500, but if your free testosterone is low, you could be experiencing negative symptoms.
Normal does NOT mean Everything is Okay
Testosterone levels from one man to another are very individual, hence why the normal range is so broad. A man with levels of 600 could feel amazing and vital, while another man might not have nearly the same sex drive, enthusiasm, and energy for living.
Within the modern environment, testosterone levels in men are at an ALL TIME LOW. This ranges in men of all ages, from adolescent boys to grown adult men.
The reasons for this are numerous, ranging from environmental toxins, high levels of bodyfat/obesity, inactivity, and a social stigma towards masculinity.
Regardless, millions of men today walk around with “low normal” testosterone, experience moodiness, depression, low energy, and when they see their physician, they get told they are “depressed” and prescribed anti-depressants that do nothing towards improving their overall health.
If their doctor does do bloodwork, and actually tests their testosterone levels, they get told their low levels are still “normal” and everything is fine.
If you are one of these men, this is NOT OKAY.
You need to see a qualified physician who understands the multi-spectrum effects testosterone has on a man’s health, and is willing to work with on appropriate hormone therapy to optimize your testosterone levels.
Where can I learn more about this?
Jay Campbell has written the Definitive Guide to Testosterone Therapy, which has helped thousands of men take control of their health and reclaim their quality of life.
Dont wait to educate yourself, and dont suffer in silence while being told you need therapy and inhibitor drugs. Take action through education, and make an informed decision for your health.