The goal of the article being to educate and emphasize that sex is a good and healthy thing. But when can it get out of control and become destructive? What are the warning signs?
According to Sexual Health Matters, hypersexuality is found among an estimated 25 to 80 percent of all bipolar patients experiencing mania. There are approximately 5. With that statistic, we can presume millions of people likely live with it.
Have you ever wondered if you or your partner might be just a little too interested in sex? Everyone has a different sex drive, and some people enjoy sex a lot more than others or are a lot more open about it. It tends to cause feelings of distress to the person with the disorder it as it gets in the way of ordinary living.
Sex is an important part of most of our lives and no less so for people living with bipolar disorder. But maintaining a healthy sexual relationship when bipolar can as complex as the disease itself. Depending on the individual, behaviors can swing from periods of excessive sexuality to ones where sexual libido and function are seriously diminished.
Hypersexuality disorders have gotten a lot of attention in recent years due to the many celebrities who have sought treatment after their affairs, or taboo behaviors were exposed. Charlie Sheen claims to have slept with more than 5, women and has been caught with prostitutes many times. Tiger Woods sought treatment after he was exposed by several of his mistresses.
Sexual addiction or hypersexuality is defined as a dysfunctional preoccupation with sexual fantasy, often in combination with the obsessive pursuit of casual or non-intimate sex; pornography; compulsive masturbation; romantic intensity and objectified partner sex for a period of at least six months. Sexual addiction can be considered a process addiction as opposed to substance addictions such as drugs and alcoholsimilar to gambling, binge eating or compulsive spending. As such, sexual addicts typically spend a much greater amount of time engaged in the pursuit of sex and romance the process than in the sexual act itself.
Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder. People who have bipolar disorder experience high levels of both euphoria and depression. Their moods can go from one extreme to the other.
Of all the types of sexual acting out, compulsive masturbation, with or without pornography, is the most secretive and isolating—and also the most common in both men and women. Because many individuals view sexual self-stimulation as shameful, dirty, or sinful, those who engage in the practice compulsively are unlikely to discuss it with others, even a therapist. Instead, that individual is far more likely to report anxiety, depression, feelings of loneliness and isolation, and the inability or lack of desire to form intimate relationships with other people.
Compulsive sexual behavior, otherwise known as sexual addiction, is an emerging psychiatric disorder that has significant medical and psychiatric consequences. Until recently, very little empirical data existed to explain the biological, psychological, and social risk factors that contribute to this condition. In addition, clinical issues, such as the natural course and best practices on treating sexual addictions, have not been formalized.