As Suzanne Hudson, chief executive of Bipolar UK explains, it’s not so much that everyone entering an elevated mood becomes hypersexual, but that feeling ‘high’ can lead to some individuals engaging in more ‘pleasure-seeking’ behaviours - which include things like shopping, gambling and sex.
“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.
I go weeks without wanting sex, can’t bear to be touched. It’s emasculating.” Mismatched libidos The tension caused by mismatched libidos can really rock a relationship.
When my former partner went from wanting sex every day to not at all for weeks, I’ll admit I was pretty cut up.
“One-night stands on a low mood can be awful and lead to incredible self-loathing.