The Placebo Effect speaks to the ability of the mind to believe. Belief that the body is being treated. Belief that medication works. Such as with an antidepressant or some other medical treatment.
It can go the other way, too.Viagra, for instance has a success rate of between 80% and 90% with men with mild erectile dysfunction. That means something else is at work – could it be deeper problems in the relationship, or some other issue with a root in the mind?
All the commercials for ED medicinal treatments tell you to talk to your doctor before taking, but it might not be a bad idea to talk to a therapist either, one who specializes in sex therapy. A good sex therapist won't rule out medicinal treatments, or some other medications, but he or she will look into other avenues of dealing with this issue and suggesting a doctor's visit, too, to rule out some biological issues.
As noted earlier in this post, the Placebo Effect accounts for some improvement in psychological issues, too. Talking with a therapist about issues happening in your life, your relationships, your family and more can also show improvement with anxiety, depression and other issues.
The therapists at Philadelphia MFT are trained in a range of issues and specialize in sex therapy. Give us a call if you'd like to get to the root of the issues that are making life more difficult for you.
This topic of the week was written by Brian Swope, MFT