Testosterone deficiency can affect many different aspects of your health, including causing changes to your sexual health, sleeping pattern and even the way that your body looks. Testosterone deficiency can also affect your mood in many ways, sometimes causing you to feel:1
- Angry more often than usual
- Sad or depressed
- A low sense of self-esteem
Find more information on all the different effects testosterone deficiency may have.
You should speak with your doctor during your appointments if you are experiencing any of these feelings, but there are also steps you can be taking yourself to help you deal with any of these emotional changes.
There may be days where you feel more irritable or sad than usual and that’s OK, everyone has good and bad days. But it’s important to try and be aware of them so you can avoid situations that put you and your partner under more stress.
Tracking your emotions over time may help you see patterns in them. You may even be able to identify any triggers that could be causing them and take steps to avoid those in the future.
Opening up to a trusted family member or friend can help you feel heard and supported. Sometimes just voicing your feelings out loud can also help you understand them better and bring a sense of relief.
Keeping in regular contact with friends and family will help strengthen your relationships with them and help to avoid feelings of loneliness, which can also affect your mood.
Sometimes we all need to escape the stresses of life by taking some time by ourselves and relaxing. It doesn’t matter whether you watch a film, read a book, or go out for a long walk, as long as it’s something you enjoy.
If you prefer not to talk to anyone about the way you feel but would still like to take control of your mental wellbeing in some way, there are lots of apps that you can use. The NHS has created a library of helpful health and wellbeing apps, which have all been reviewed and approved by industry experts. These apps can help in a variety of ways, for example when keeping a mood diary or practicing mindfulness.
We all need a little support sometimes. To access more information about improving and maintaining a positive wellbeing, there are many charities and support groups which offer information online, or over the phone. Below are a couple which you may find helpful: