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Anonymous's picture

I have a psychological erection problem.

When I was 8, I was sexually abused and after this event I started getting erections. I didn't tell anyone about my abuse until many years later and now have dealt with the trauma caused by the abuse.

I am having difficulty getting erections in public or when I see attractive women. I get erections in the morning or during the night.

I remember as a child waking up, trying to hide my erection from my family, scared they will find out about it or something. I have associated erections with something else.

I've tried 'Cure Impotence' and 'Fear of Sex'. These don't do the trick. Can you please help me?

Rebekah Hall's picture

Hi there,

Thank you for your question, but I'm sorry to hear about the childhood abuse you suffered.

Since impotence is the inability to get erections but you talk about getting erections at various times, I'm a little confused about whether you're exeriencing more or fewer erections than you wish to. It's normal for young boys to experience seemingly 'random' erections, such as waking up with them, and it's also normal for men to experience unexpected erections in the morning, on seeing attractive women, and so on. Erections and other sexual responses naturally have a huge psychological component; for instance, they can be prompted by our imagination without any physical or visual stimuli.

I'm afraid I'm at a loss for what to recommend here, other than seeking the help of a qualified therapist to personalize an approach for you. But I have to tag something to submit a response, so I've tagged a few downloads you might find helpful.

Best wishes,

Uncommon Care Team