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Effect of Depression on Sexual Desire and How to Combat It

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What are the effect of depression on sex drive and how to overcome it? Most people have no idea that the lack of libido could be one of the symptoms of low sex drive.

Stress and depression can paralyze your entire body making your immune system weak. When your immune system is weak, your body is susceptible to any disease. Depression will lower your sexual desire. Severe depression can cause impotence.

Depression comes at different levels of intensity. Here are a few symptoms of depression:

1. Lack of motivation – A depressed person feels sad, hopeless, negative, and empty most of the day. Depressed people often neglect to take care of their appearances and responsibilities.

2. Disturbed sleep – Depressed people are overly tired and have difficulty sleeping. A depressed person may stay in bed until midday or wake up early in the morning and unable to get back to sleep.

3. Irritability – A depressed person becomes intolerant of the behavior of others and easily get annoyed and angry, they easily misinterpret innocent words or actions in a negative way.

4. Difficulty making decisions – Depressed people suffer from lack of concentration, become more forgetful, and have difficulty with decision making.

5. Low self-esteem – Depressed people don’t have a healthy social life and link it with their personal failing. They are not able to effectively carry out their normal activities due to fatigue or a loss of energy. They often feel worthless or guilty. They lose interest in activities they once enjoyed.

6. Anxious –Depressed people constantly worried about everything, become concerned about what is happening to them. They may experience weight loss or weight gain. They also think of death or even suicide.

With all the above problems, there is no wonder that sexual desire or sexual activities becomes the last thing in their minds. The biggest problem is that people with depression often fail to recognize they have an illness.

Eating high nutritious foods cannot combat depression alone, but when it is combined with exercise, adequate rest, and the right medication can gradually help to overcome depression. Exercise for at least 30 minutes, five days a week plays an important role in combating depression.

The depressive symptoms can become worse if people have the following:

  • High blood sugar levels that can cause diabetes. Diabetes is known to cause fatigue and loss of pleasure in doing enjoyable activities including sex.
  • Lack of vitamin D is directly linked to depression.
  • Lack of adequate omega-3 fatty acids, low levels of B vitamins.
  • Inadequate chromium adversely affects blood sugar. Chromium helps improve blood sugar levels.
  • Insufficient amino acids. Amino acids help the neurotransmitters in the brain to work properly.

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Here are the good choices of foods for combating depression, help you to have a sharper and better memory, and to have a more enjoyable sex:


Fruits are packed with vitamins, fiber and water. Fruits are high in antioxidants that fight free radicals.

Make sure to add fruits to your daily diet, especially blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, oranges, and apples.

Try to eat fresh organic fruits and not in juice forms. Most processed or cooked fruits or fruits extracted in juice forms have reduced or zero fibers and fewer vitamins.


Leafy green vegetables are extremely low in both saturated and total fats, and high in antioxidant.

Try to add green vegetables, including spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, beans, avocadoes, onions, and garlic to your daily diet.

Avoid eating preserved or processed vegetables.


Nuts, especially walnuts, almonds, pecans, peanuts, and others are rich in vitamin E that promotes good memory and mental clarity. They’re also rich in omega-3 fatty acids that enhance moods and prevent memory loss.

Try to add nuts and seeds. Including almonds, walnuts, flaxseed, and pumpkin seed to your daily diet. You can eat nuts and seeds during the day whenever you feel hungry. However, avoid salty or nuts with added sugar. They are best eaten raw.

Sea foods

Sea foods have the mineral selenium that helps to make moods stable. Sea foods, especially wild salmon, trout, sardines, and albacore tuna, and fishes that thrive in cold water are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids.

Avoid the canned varieties due to high mercury content. For best result, grill or bake fishes.

Lean Meat

Lean beef, turkey, lean chicken, yogurt, egg white, and low-fat milk are rich in proteins and have amino acid that can help concentration and better memory.

Whole Grains

Whole grains have calming effects and ease depressive symptoms. Complex carbohydrates do not raise blood sugar that causes fatigue, mood swings, and overeating.

Try brown rice, wild rice, whole wheat, corn, whole cornmeal, and hulled barley.

Green Tea

Freshly brewed green tea is full of antioxidants that help repair damages to the brain caused by free radicals.

Dark Chocolates

Dark chocolates have flavonoids that can pull down bad cholesterol and put off coronary heart diseases. Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants that help concentration.


Coffee has caffeine and antioxidants that can limit the risk of mental disorders when taken in moderation.


5-hdroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is a compound produced in the body from the amino acid tryptophan. After tryptophan is converted into 5-HTP, the chemical is then changed into another chemical called serotonin. Many antidepressant drugs work by raising serotonin levels.

The supplement 5-HTP has been tried in cases of depression for a similar reason. Since the body uses 5-HTP to make serotonin, so providing the body with 5-HTP might raise serotonin levels. Some studies indicatethat 5-HTP may work as well as certain antidepressant drugs to treat people with mild-to-moderate depression.

Antidepressants are sometimes prescribed for migraine headaches. Some studies suggest that 5-HTP may help people with various types of headaches, including migraines when taken at a dosage of 400 to 600 mg daily.

Because of the potential for side effects and interactions with medications, you should take dietary supplements only under the supervision of your health care provider. People with high blood pressure or diabetes should talk to their doctors before taking 5-HTP. If you take antidepressants, you should not take 5-HTP supplements.

People with liver or kidney disease, pregnant women, and women who are breast feeding should avoid 5-HTP. Children should not take 5-HTP. You should talk to your physician before taking 5-HTP, and make sure you get the supplement from a reliable manufacturer.

You can’t get 5-HTP from food. 5-HTP is manufactured from the seeds of an African plant, Griffonia simplicifolia. It is found in health food stores, online, and at some drugstores.

By David Jacobson – 2019 – Update 2020
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For additional articles written by David Jacobson, see David Jacobson is the author of How to Have Super Sex For Life published in 2019.

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