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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.

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The causes of hypersexual disorder or sex addiction are not understood, but it’s often linked to a person’s general mental state and sometimes to hormone levels. … Hypersexuality can mask other issues like anxiety, stress, and depression.Bipolar disorder can also affect your sexuality and sexual activity. Your sexual activity may be increased (hypersexuality) and risky during a manic episode. During a depressive episode, you may lose interest in sex.
Symptoms of Hypersexual Disorder (Sex Addiction)
  • Excessive time is consumed by sexual fantasies and urges, and by planning for and engaging in sexual behavior.
  • Repetitively engaging in these sexual fantasies, urges, and behavior in response to dysphoric mood states (e.g., anxiety, depression, boredom, irritability).
Tips to help you control your hypersexual urges before they control you.
  1. #1 Limit your triggers. Hypersexual behavior is often a warning sign of a manic episode, but keeping bipolar disorder managed with meds and therapy can help. …
  2. #2 Treat the disorder.
  3. #3 Look at medications.
  4. #4 Communication is key.
  5. #5 Consider sex therapy.
  6. #6 Physical activity.
  7. #7 Don’t put it off.

Treatment for compulsive sexual behavior typically involves psychotherapy, medications and self-help groups. A primary goal of treatment is to help you manage urges and reduce excessive behaviors while maintaining healthy sexual activities.

Examples include:

  1. Antidepressants.
  2. Naltrexone.
  3. Mood stabilizers.
  4. Anti-androgens.

NOTE:Dating someone with bipolar disorder can be challenging, because you can’t control when your partner experiences a mood shift. To help your relationship succeed, focus on communication, support your partner’s treatment plan, and don’t forget to take care of yourself.

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