Feeling Like You Again: The Emotional Benefits of TRT

Healthy testosterone levels, restored and maintained by a regimented TRT protocol, counter the sinister ways that chronic Low T has worn away the you that you recognize. There are emotional benefits of TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) that most people suffering from Low T have never considered, such as:

  • The improvement and stabilization of your mood
  • Restoration of your focus
  • Increased productivity

If Low T is compromising your quality of life, these emotional benefits that often accompany Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) are probably of great interest to you.

An attractive man in a suit holds his hands to his mouth as though deep in thought. Perhaps he could use the emotional benefits of TRT.

The Emotional Benefits of TRT: Relief from Mild Depression and Anxiety

The diagnosis and treatment of anxiety and mild depression can be a tricky affair. Emotional difficulties frequently are misdiagnosed as isolated issues unrelated to hormonal problems. The usual result is pharmaceutical treatment for the single symptom while the true underlying cause goes unaddressed.

Consider this list of symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Low mood
  • Appetite changes and weight problems
  • Trouble concentrating or making decisions
  • Loss of endurance
  • Irregular sleep patterns

This is both a list of symptoms commonly reported by men experiencing depression, and it’s also a list of symptoms associated with clinically low testosterone—quite similar.

Disruptions to your complex and fragile hormone balance can result in dysthymia (persistent and recurring moderate depressive periods), also referred to as a  depressed mood or a low mood. Though not as severe as major depressive disorder, they’re more than just a little bump in the road of life.

(Further explanation of the depression and low testosterone connection is available here.)

Similarly,  normal anxiety can be exacerbated by low testosterone levels until the accompanying symptoms reach a debilitating state. Those common symptoms include:

  • Nervousness and irritability
  • Feelings of impending danger or being “on edge”
  • Increased heart rate
  • Rapid breathing or difficulty breathing
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue

(Learn more about anxiety and your hormonal health here.)

These symptoms, caused by or worsened by hormone imbalance, have the potential to rob you of the joy you typically would feel while doing things you love.

These conditions are difficult burdens to bear, but the good news is that normalizing your low testosterone levels could contribute to an improvement in symptoms and restore you to a condition that feels more like the you that you recognize.

Feeling more like yourself is the primary emotional benefit of TRT.

Breaking the Complex Cycle

The relationship between Low T and your mood creates a two-way problem. Your hormonal health can be damaged by prolonged periods of stress, low mood, and anxiety. Your body’s exhaustion creates a significant drag on your hormone production.

A complicated cycle forms—feeling bad leads to poor testosterone production and the resulting hormone imbalance worsens the way you feel. This perfect storm sustains itself, trapping its victims in poor physical and emotional health.

The restoration of your testosterone levels to a healthy range can be achieved by TRT, often freeing you from the cycle and relieving you of the abnormal fatigue, depressed mood, and heightened anxiety you’ve been experiencing.

Is There a Risk of Aggressive Behavior or Roid Rage?

Now that we’ve discussed the emotional benefits of TRT and normalized testosterone levels, let’s discuss the emotional risks.

There really aren’t any.

Roid rage, which is frequently associated with anabolic steroid abuse, is associated with  doses that are 5–15 times higher than doses used for the treatment of low testosterone and male hormone imbalance.

However, this super-aggressive state is not seen in patients undergoing a TRT regimen that is ethically and responsibly managed, mainly because it is not due to your testosterone levels. It’s a function of estrogen (estradiol) dominance. Unchecked estradiol has a profound and sometimes volatile effect on our mood. This is why patients on TRT may experience irritability if their testosterone and estradiol levels become imbalanced.

The purpose of TRT isn’t just to increase testosterone levels, but to optimize your hormone levels so that your body’s systems are functioning at or near their peak.

The Emotional Benefits of TRT—Learn More

If you are experiencing difficulties with mood stability and wondering if prescription medication might be the avenue for you, first talk to your medical provider about the possibility that your testosterone is low.

Medical research continues to conclude that TRT has actual emotional benefits that can improve your quality of life, namely relief from the debilitating symptoms of the mild depression and anxiety linked to low testosterone

If you’re interested in learning more about the emotional benefits of TRT, we recommend our comprehensive guide. It provides facts and the answers to the most common questions concerning TRT and the treatment of low testosterone.

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(Augie) Juan Augustine Galindo Jr. MPAS, PA-C

(Augie) Juan Augustine Galindo Jr. MPAS, PA-C started his career in healthcare as a fireman/paramedic in West Texas where he served on the Midland Fire Department from 1998-2004.   He became interested in testosterone treatment after seeing how hormone replacement doctors helped those suffering from low testosterone.   After graduating from the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Physician Assistant Program, he moved to DFW where he currently lives with his wife and three children.

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