I was diagnosised with BP in 2000 and never had a problem with being promiscuous. In fact I was in a bad relationship but remained faithful for 10 years, with no problem at all. Recently, in the past two years, I have been experiencing more manic symptoms and have had a very high sex drive that I usually give into. I do not understand the feelings and the cause. I am sometimes amazed, excited, sadden and embarassed from some of the sexual things that I have done or done them with. The problem now is I am in a good relationship and am finding it hard to be faithful. I try to think of my future with this man but still feel intense urges to be with other men and women. Since my medicine has been adjusted, I am having less thoughts about sex, but I am sure that those feelings will return. My question is why is there a link between BP and hypersexual behaviors and are we more promiscuous than people without this disorder? Also, do any of you find that your hypersexuality and all that goes with it, will turn your partner off? I know mine experiences would turn my partner off.
iv experience this problem alot since i was diagnosed... i was always slightly more sexual than my friends but once diagnosed adn put on tablets my drive increased alot!!! and i hear wat u say about it bein embarresin as it can get u into alot of trouble at times! so glad its not jus me!
when im manic i tend to make irrational decisions, including promiscuity and bad-judgement over things like alcohol or repercussions. a few days later, when i realise what ive done, i fall down into a depressive slum that i cant seem to get out of for a long time. i think the manic side goes hand in hand with being hypersexual. the joy of human contact is amazing when im manic, but horrifyingly awful when im depressed. I hope i was some help :/
This problem is typical (not all have this) for Bipolars during a manic phase. I have this problem also. I have a high sex drive anyway, and mania makes it alot worse. When I am manic, I want to screw anything that has two legs. Once my need is satisfied, I just want more. The only thing that helps me is to ride it out until the mania is over.
Absolutely...before I knew it was BP I called it my sex cycle. Oh...I will not give details surfice to say I am not proud of the things I did in these episodes. Certainly nothing illegal but horribly risky for STD's. Then the cycle inverts and then I'm left with horrible depression and guilt. I was never suicidal through the 20+ years of dealing with this on my own but it's amazing that I wasn't. The relentless cycling effect is brutal. "Here we go again" was my motto when I found myself online looking for sex or at the liquor store buying three bottles of vodka. So..now I am finally starting treatment and am excited about the possibility of being 'normal' or 'level'. Good luck to all of you both those with BP and those supporting them. I absolutely hope the best for you and your challenges.
The person I was with, who has BP/BPD, has a high sex drive to the point she would stomp out of my place(completely out of control-anger control was not her good point) and go home if we didn't have sex. IMO....she acted like a child. So yes....people with BP/BPD can have very high sex drives that causes them to do things the normal person wouldn't.
I was just diagnosed with BPD II. I was very impulsive when it came to sex since I can remember. Since I have been on medication, I've noticed that I don't think about sex as often and the sexual compulsion has all but went away. I am taking Lamotrigine and Celexa. I started taking the drugs for about a week in a half and then I went out of town and forgot the medication. I noticed that my sexual impulsivity had lessen significantly before I left to go out of town. However, my symptoms returned about halfway through my trip. When I returned and took the medicine, the symptoms went away again. So, the medication is surely keeping my sexual impulsivity at bay.