7 Ways to Outsmart Bipolar Hypersexuality

Last Updated: 1 Aug 2019

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:

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#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. Be sure to pay attention to and recognize any triggers or symptoms, including those concerning sexual behavior. Once you are aware of these, you can communicate them to your partner or a friend so that he or she can keep an eye out for such red flags.

#2 Treat the disorder

When bipolar disorder is not being treated effectively, the person’s sex life can become unstable. By treating the bipolar symptoms and getting hypomania and mania under control, this will often help manage hypersexuality as well. Treatments may involve medications such as mood stabilizers or antipsychotics and cognitive-behavioral therapy and family counseling.

#3 Look at medications

Medication often plays a key role in hypersexual disorder treatment. Some medications may help reduce compulsive behaviors and obsessive thoughts; others may target specific hormones associated with sex addiction or reduce accompanying symptoms such as depression or anxiety.

#4 Communication is key

Since high-risk sexual behavior can include having sex with more than one partner, it’s crucial that couples discuss openly the impact that bipolar disorder may have on their sex life. This open dialogue can help reduce negative consequences, including unplanned pregnancies or sexually transmitted diseases.

#5 Consider sex therapy

Getting help from a therapist in addition to medical care is important for the patient and the partner in order to resolve sex-related issues in the relationship. Sex addiction treatment could involve some combination of couples therapy, psychotherapy, family therapy and support groups.

#6 Physical activity

As part of her treatment for bipolar hypersexuality, that includes medication and psychotherapy, Olympic runner Suzy Favor Hamilton relies on lots of physical activity. She participates in everything from yoga to cycling to hiking to intense cross-training. “I still need the ‘pain’ of working out to feel good,’’ she says. “But I’ve found other outlets. Intense exercise definitely is great therapy for me.”

#7 Don’t put it off

Many people can feel shame or humiliation in seeking help for hypersexuality and sex addiction. Unfortunately, medical professionals may seem awkward in talking about this as well. If you are unable to control your sex drive or treat these hypersexuality symptoms on your own, it’s crucial that you don’t put off getting help, especially if it’s hurting your relationships.

  1. I’m soooo feeling that Maggie. Thanks for sharing. My family is amazing and have imparted me with a Love for Jesus.
    My advice for you is to look into finding an accountability unit like a Church fam for support, or a Kid Nami group in ur area. I’m still working on finding a person i can share the more gritty desires i have- because talking about it does relieve some of the frustration. But it’s also a BIG deal that i stay a virgin mentally and physically. My prayers and the prayers of my friends and family have been SO impactful because i do feel a difference (i haven’t looked at porn in months- ever since i came clean to some of peers at Church.)

    I pray you seriously consider exploring Christianity, because there isn’t any stronger power to resist temptation then from the Holy Spirit. Another, daily thing you can do- incase ur hesitant or having a hardtime connecting to a Church group, in the downtime- EXERCISE.
    especially just running. and i mean RUN.
    Make ur heart rate go up and get thrilled with ur body’s wheezing, steam, and sweat.
    I get my heart rate to atleast 165. If u don’t have any medical issues, please consider heavy physical cardio as well.

    Hope this comment helps u, and others Maggie.
    Cheers~ <3

  2. Professional help and the coping tools have helped me a bunch. Journaling – recording events, the circumstances/environment helps me see what triggers things. This has been a great prevention tool in my case at least. Exercise is another important one. Lastly, I found that getting absorbed in a beneficial activity can help to provide a mood improvement or intense emotional/sensational substitute for what hypersexuality seems to do. A good hobby you can really get into, for example, might be something to consider and can help keep your mind occupied as well. Best wishes to you!

  3. Yes hypersexuality is most definitely a symptom of bipolar disorder. It’s been going on since I was a teenager I would feel like I was going to burst out of my skin if I didn’t act out. Of course I would cycle into depression afterward

    I’ve ruined three marriages . Third one is still here but it’s not much of a marriage

  4. I am a 14 year old diagnosed with Hypersexual Disorder relating to bipolar, depression and anxiety. My family is very strict and i do lots of things that worry them, that are causes of this disorder. im really nor tryna be 14 and pregnant. Any advice?

  5. I too, understand what you went through! I am saddened, to note, what problems resulted from acting out!
    Hopefully, you have an intelligent, and knowledgeable, friend!?! A good psychiatrist is needed, too!
    Don’t delay!!! Pick up the phone, etc. Reach out,…and get the help, and support, you need,…and deserve!

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