Clearly these two episodes are vastly different, and with each lasting for days, weeks, or even months, the person may feel like they are on an emotional rollercoaster.Additionally, a person might experience symptoms of both mania and depression simultaneously in a period referred to as a mixed state (see picture).Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels, as well as the inability to perform everyday tasks.
Although hypersexuality may not initially sound like something to be concerned about, it is often one of the most destructive and challenging aspects of bipolar disorder.
It is not uncommon for manic people to experience a significant increase in sex drive that they feel cannot be satisfied, leading them to engage in impulsive and risky sexual behaviors.
With the help of medication and therapy, many people are able to decrease the intensity of their manic and/or depressive episodes and minimize their mood swings.
Bipolar disorder is a life-long mental illness that can affect many aspects of a person’s life, including their sex life.
During a manic episode, the person feels restless, energized, and agitated.
They often talk abnormally fast, have racing thoughts, and engage in reckless behaviors.
One thing the brain science is emphasizing loud and clear is that our reason guides us far less than we think. What we are learning is that the cortical (thinking) areas of our brain need input from the limbic (emotional) areas of the brain in order to figure things out.
When the chips are down, we choose what "feels good" to us and are repelled by what "feels bad." This applies whether we are buying a car or voting for a political candidate or choosing a partner, with the VTA essentially calling the shots and the cortical areas rationalizing the choice. The cortex can be flooded with too much information and easily hoodwinked into making bad decisions.
Such behaviors include: These behaviors can lead to unwanted pregnancy, contraction of a STI, and can destroy relationships.
Bipolar people in a manic episode may also masturbate or use pornography more frequently than they do in non-manic phases.
These markers of hypersexuality are more common in women than men and affect about 57% of people in manic episodes, according to a meta-analysis of the few studies that have been conducted on the topic.