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can someone help me? My husband has been seeking help for years and was just told last night he probably has bipolar. He is on his 3rd affair (this one is the love of his life) which appears to have started about 8 weeks ago when he got bad again and he has become very physically and mentally abusive to me over the past few months.
Is there a higher probability of infidelity with bipolar people?
We will be married 29 years next month.

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replied May 20th, 2010
Bipolar Disorder Answer A12280
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned with Bipolar disorder in your husband and want to know if there is higher probability of infidelity with Bipolar disorder.
Bipolar infidelity is a common and tragic consequence of mania and hypersexuality. The cause is the hypersexuality, impaired judgement, poor impulse control, and grandiosity all brought on by mania. The cure is to stabilize the bipolar person and stop the mania - invariably this is best done with a proven mood stabilizer such as lithium. In this sense, there is nothing personal about bipolar infidelity. You can consult your psychiatrist and he will prescribe the appropriate mood stabilizer that will help in controlling the mania as mood swings are established in Bipolar disorder.
Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

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