The mind-body connection is apparent in many aspects of health. For instance, there are a whole host of physical, psychosomatic symptoms that patients unintentionally create solely through their weakened mental state.
Testosterone therapy (TT) works in the opposite direction, with the replenishment of the physical body posing positive mental side effects for its users. Patients that have established a regular regimen of testosterone therapy report great shifts in mood and cognition. Memory problems created by low testosterone decrease, while focus increases. Those using TT experience enhanced brain functioning when compared to their previous state, with emphasis on processing speed and the ability to quickly switch tasks.
This ability of TT to restore users back to a healthy state mentally ultimately impacts their mood. Those successfully using testosterone therapy exhibit less instances of anxiety and depression, elevating their mood. This is especially relevant in older men, who are more likely to experience depression as a result of low testosterone. However, men of all ages experience a general shift into more positive, or resilient, moods after utilizing testosterone therapy.
On a precautionary note in terms of mood, one form of TT – injection – can pose both positive and negative emotional side effects. Injection is different than the other forms of treatment because it is not slow-release. The user simply injects their body with the amount of testosterone they will need to raise their hormone levels over the course of several weeks. This large dosage can create varied mood fluctuations after injection, which others often misconstrued as just aggression. These mood swings generally go away after the body normalizes again.