living with ED
As all of you know, especially you young guys, ED can be a maddening disorder to live with. I'm curious as to what you guys do to deal with living with this condition. This is mainly targeted at those of you with venous leak ED or other hard to treat types (not those of you who use cialis, you lucky ducks). How do you go through life knowing that you may never be able to have sex or start a family? I'm wondering how you guys deal with it because I need help. It's on my mind every day and I just don't want it to haunt me anymore. I am usually occupied with other activities but it always creeps into my thoughts eventually.
Also - have any of you guys sought/considered getting psychiatric help? ED is a pretty mentally crippling disorder and I feel like having a psychiatrist would help preserve my mental health and stop me from hating my life. Not that I do, but I just feel like it could be so much more and that I'm wasting my good looks and charm.
Personally I always just try to look at the positive side of things. I realize all the great things I have in my life and the great, supportive family/friends that I have and I appreciate the fact that 90% of my life is spent in happiness (i'd say the other is in misery because it's when I'm thinking about the disorder). Coming to this forum is another thing. You guys have helped me more than you could possibly ever know. Just knowing I'm not alone has reduced so much of the pain. I thought I was the only guy in the world to get ED at this age - heck, most of the doctors I visited didn't even believe I had it.
Anyways, please share your thoughts on surviving this mental hell and still leading a happy life...
P.S. - One day when I'm no longer a student and I'm making money, I'm going to dedicate a good portion of my time to raising awareness about ED. It's ridiculous how pathetic the proposed treatments for ED are (cmon seriously, a VACUUM PUMP?? Sticking RINGS around your penis as if the girl just will ignore it?? INJECTIONS???), and how IGNORANT even the urologists (who are supposed to be specialists) are about it. I honestly feel that I know more about erectile dysfunction than 90% of the urologists I've met. I know there are other 16, 17, 18 year olds out there who are just getting the disorder and are in for months of hell when they realize that they have this curse. Being in that position myself, I am FEELING right now the pain they are going to go through and it makes me angry. And when these kids finally get the courage to go to the doctor, the doctors will laugh and tell them they're too young to have the disorder. Or they'll prescribe the same pills they've tried for months and send them packing. This has happened to me and this is the same thing that will happen to so many otherwise happy people out there. This makes me so mad and it seems like nothing is being done about it.
Last edited by themagicman11; 12-16-2008 at 09:47 PM.