Low Testosterone Level & Depression: Should you check?

Psychiatry Education Forum Academy is excited to announce the release of our 17th journal club discussion. This journal club will focus on this clinically relevant topic of understanding the role of checking and treating low testosterone in patients struggling with depression.

Low Testosterone Level: in Outpatient Psychiatry Practice

Sex Med Rev . 2018 Jan;6(1):69-76

This discussion will be summarized in the following sections:

  1. Clinical Manifestations of Low testosterone: versus MDD symptoms.
  2. Functional Hypogonadism & Aging?
  3. Pathophysiology of functional hypogonadism.
  4. How do all SSRIs affect testosterone levels?
  5. How do testosterone levels affect mood?
  6. Can testosterone levels predict the onset of depression?
  7. Impact of testosterone replacement on depressive symptoms. 
  8. Psychiatric safety of testosterone replacement?
  9. Recommendations: (a) When to check a testosterone level, (b) what to order, and (c) when to refer for treatment?

Let’s answer this question first:

Welcome to your Testosterone

Patients presenting with depressed mood and associated neurovegetative symptoms should be screened for sexual symptoms. How many sexual symptoms are needed before ordering testosterone level?

Answer: 3

  • Patients presenting with depressed mood and associated neurovegetative symptoms should be screened for sexual symptoms.
  • Testosterone levels should be checked for patients presenting with 3 or more sexual symptoms.



Psychiatry Education Forum’s Journal Club is an additional feature for our Academy’s members. We are excited to announce the release of our new feature in the journal club:

ABPN’S Article Based Continuing Certification (ABCC) Pathway Track

This new Article Based Continuing Certification (ABCC) Pathway is an ongoing professional journal article-based assessment activity designed by ABPN (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology) for physicians to meet their Continuing Certification program requirement. 

In our journal club discussions, we will discuss these articles from this ABCC track in a clinically relevant fashion. This will help you answer the multiple-choice questions on ABPN’s website to get the credits for each article discussion. 

Here is my ABCC Article Pass Result for this activity:



This is a closed membership for medical professionals only.

  • 30+ Courses/Sections: Each chapter within these sections is of direct clinical relevance for your daily practice. 
  • Journal Club: we will post the most recently published psychiatry articles relevant to your daily clinical practice.
  • Coffee Club: contain short discussions with clinical experts in the field of psychiatry.
  • Essentials of Inpatient Psychiatry Book: All chapters from this book are included in the academy sections. 
  • Discussion Forum & Community: Connect with other medical professionals and discuss your difficult-to-treat clinical cases.
  • Conference Discounts: Academy members get discounted access at our conferences. 
  • Goal: is to have all important clinically relevant topics in one place for ease of access.

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