Bipolar Hypersexuality

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Four Tips for Handling Hypersexuality

Robin L. Flanigan
August 3, 2020

Learning to manage this symptom of mania can save relationships, safeguard your health, and avoid regret—plus increase your odds of averting a mood episode. #1 Be honest with yourself.  Become aware of what’s typical for you sexually, and try to be tuned in when your sexual behavior changes. “As human beings, we’re very good at...

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Help for Hypersexuality

Robin L. Flanigan
July 2, 2020

Learning to manage this symptom of mania can save relationships, safeguard your health, and avoid regret—plus increase your odds of averting a mood episode. What constitutes too much sex? Sheer frequency, it turns out, has nothing to do with it. There is no standard measurement for a healthy libido, which makes it difficult to formally...

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Bipolar & Increased Libido in the Spring

Guest Blogger
April 17, 2017

Every spring, right when we turning our clocks ahead one hour, my libido increases. The hard part is knowing how to handle it. I live in Southern Ontario, Canada and spring time is something I look forward to every year. We get more hours of daylight and after spending a lot of time inside during...


7 Ways to Outsmart Bipolar Hypersexuality

bp Magazine
January 20, 2017

Hypersexuality is a common, but rarely talked about, symptom of bipolar disorder. Nevertheless, it is vital that you adopt proactive strategies to help you control its impulsive urges. Here are a few to get you started: #1 Limit your triggers Hypersexual behavior is often a warning sign of a manic episode, but keeping bipolar disorder...


The Bipolar Symptom Nobody Wants To Talk About

bp Magazine
December 29, 2016

Little has been published on mania-induced hypersexuality with many psychiatrists skirting the issue on this sensitive subject. The limited studies of people with bipolar disorder conclude that hypersexuality occurs in 57 percent of those with mania (ranging from 25 to 80 percent). Ultimately, when sex crosses the line from pleasure to compulsion, it can become...

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5 Rules To Keep Your Manic Hypersexual Urges Under Control

​Jess Melancholia
June 2, 2016

Here are 5 tips to help you control your hypersexual urges before they control you. Over the past few months, I’ve been getting an increased number of people on my blog that are curious as to how I’m able to keep my hypersexuality under control. For me, if I don’t stay focused, I’ll never be...


Suzy Favor Hamilton on Bipolar & Hypersexuality

Scott Pitoniak
April 8, 2016

Three time Olympic runner, Suzy Favor Hamilton wants her story of hypersexuality, scandal, bipolar diagnosis and recovery to inspire others to go the distance.   By Scott Pitoniak   Suzy Favor Hamilton knew that writing a memoir about her bipolar disorder would be incredibly challenging—in some ways even more difficult than preparing for and competing...


How to Cope When Bipolar Hypersexuality Enters a Marriage

​Jess Melancholia
March 10, 2016

Don’t be ashamed if hypersexuality results in infidelity. Instead, recognize that its behaviors are a symptom of bipolar mania—not a character flaw.   What’s the worst part about confessing to your spouse that you cheated on them? Is it in the outpouring of your heart when you try and convince them that you didn’t mean...


Are You Responsible For Your Actions When You Have Bipolar Disorder?

Andrea Paquette
March 4, 2016

Are people are truly responsible for their actions, even when they are within bipolar mania, depression, or psychosis? Having bipolar disorder is extremely difficult and I feel irritable when I watch the news or read an article online. I have been feeling quite disillusioned with the world, especially when the media’s coverage is consistently about...


Bipolar Disorder and the Marriage-Go-Round

April Michael
January 19, 2016

Marriage without mental illness, so I’m told, is challenging enough. Add bipolar disorder, and you are in for some extra work. “Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.”Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within What can...


Hypersexuality in Bipolar Disorder

Gabe Howard
May 20, 2015

The compulsions associated with hypersexuality can be as damaging as addiction. So, what exactly is it? I’ve long said that society discusses human sexuality less than bipolar disorder. I don’t mean pop culture sex talk, but openly and frankly discussing sex. Despite using half-naked models to advertise pretty much anything, we seem remarkably unwilling to...

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Euphoric Mania: Surges, Hypersexual Urges, and Loud Music Too!

Julie A. Fast
March 18, 2015

Euphoric mania tricks us into thinking that we are ‘finally feeling great,’ when we are really not. Euphoric hypomania often knocks on my door. I love it for about two hours and then realize it simply wants to make my life difficult and out of control, so I do all I can to get rid...

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Men & Bipolar: Let’s Talk About Sex

Jon Press
September 24, 2013

Sex, as it relates to bipolar disorder, is an extremely important topic to discuss. Men sound off about their experiences with sex, sexual side effects, and mania. This week we’ll continue the discussion about the experience of Bipolar disorder in men. I posed the following question to several of my Bp buds: What impact has...

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Bipolar & Sex Addiction

Chato Stewart
July 24, 2013

Sex addiction and bipolar disorder are more linked than they may seem––specifically through hypersexuality. Did you know the first webcam was developed in 1991, and the “Webcam was pointed at the Trojan Room Coffee Pot in the Cambridge University Computer Science Department”. The camera was finally switched off on August 22, 2001. In my cartoon...

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Can People with Bipolar Disorder Have A Stable Relationship?

Chato Stewart
February 13, 2013

I’m not going to tell you that my wife and I have the perfect marriage. But we have weathered through the storms of bipolar disorder and continue to stick together. Most of my family lives in the Boston area, yes that’s the area that just got hit with a huge winter nor’easter storm. One of...



Stephanie Stephens
February 7, 2013

Giddy romance and mania have a lot in common, so learn the signs that tell you which is which. In Irving Berlin’s catchy Broadway tune “You’re Just in Love,” a puzzled young man wonders why he can’t sleep or eat, yet feels like he’s walking on air. It’s OK, he’s told: You don’t need analyzing,...


Sex *GASP* Did I Really Just Say That?

Marybeth Smith
July 8, 2012

For many people, sex is an uncomfortable topic––especially as it relates to bipolar hypersexuality. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t talk about it. Now that I’ve got everyone’s attention … I’m going to breech the subject that makes me incredibly uncomfortable! We all know hypersexuality is a symptom of bipolar disorder, but it’s also a...


Teens, Mania and STDs Part Two

Julie A. Fast
March 29, 2012

It’s extremely important to talk about hypersexuality––mania’s sensitive side effect––and STD prevention with teens. Laura’s conversation with her dad continues…. He has just reminded her of the time she spent $500 online with her mom’s card. Laura: That was before I was diagnosed dad. I haven’t done that again. I’m so embarrassed about that. Dad: ...


Teens, Mania, and STDs: Part 1

Julie A. Fast
March 22, 2012

We are all at risk of STDs if we have manic sex and don’t follow precautions.  Which is why it is so vital to talk with teens about hypersexuality. We are all at risk of STDs if we have manic sex and don’t follow precautions.  It’s hard to imagine it happening to young teens, but...


Opening the Door on Hypersexuality

Sara Solovitch
May 1, 2009

Firsthand accounts of one of bipolar’s most destructive and challenging symptoms. A few years ago, a middle-aged woman from Vancouver, British Columbia, happened to read an article about bipolar disorder and hypersexuality, written by her very own psychiatrist. In all the years she’d been going to see him, she was shocked to realize, this doctor...