Dating bipolar relationships
Hypersexuality, a frequent urge for sexual activity, has long been touted as a symptom of bipolar, which is said to become apparent as individual descends into into a manic or hypomanic state.
However, it’s now the subject of much debate amongst both medical professionals and those with the condition.
In my past relationship, I was called a ‘let-down’ if I didn’t have sex, which made me scared of saying no.
Sometimes the acts of have no apparent consequences, other times there are heart-wrenching repercussions.“From writing, to making phone calls, working to working out or having sex all night, it just depends on the individual.” Along with that energy burst and increased pleasure-seeking, comes the added complication of impaired judgement.“While it won’t affect someone’s baseline sexuality, those with bipolar can end up indulging in behaviours they usually keep under control,” explains Dr Nick Craddock, Professor of Psychiatry at Cardiff University, who specialises in the clinical research of bipolar.Hours lost to masturbating; the impromptu orgies; the damage caused to marriages by extra-marital affairs or the risk of seeking out more and more extreme sexual activities in order to try and “scratch an itch which can never be scratched”, as one web user puts it. Those with a more liberal approach to sexuality in general seem to cope better, probably because they don’t worry so much about being considered promiscuous.But the notion of feeling out of control is what really seems to gnaw at sufferers’ self-esteem, as well as affecting their relationships.
I’d always known he struggled with high and low moods.