Q: Are Sexual Impulses Result of Bipolar?
I cant control my sex impulses, I am just having one man after
another, even had been cheating on my latest boyfriend, those this is because my
BP situation?,canI control this craves? I am take in lithium, prozak, and
mellaril, I feel better except for the sexual need. Please Help
Dear Sandra --
Sexual impulses can be a manic-side symptom. So if you're having any other
manic-side symptom -- difficulty sleeping, anxiety, irritability, difficulty
concentrating because thoughts are going to fast or scattered, agitation -- then
you should probably start by figuring you need more mood stabilizer (at least
that's how we routinely treat manic-side symptoms). Remember that
antidepressants can also cause manic-side symptoms, so it may be that eventually
you'll need to taper that one off (we do this over 4 months, and you should
first talk with your doctor about whether tapering off would be safe for
If you have the sexual impulses even when there are no
other indications of manic symptoms (and I mean really none), then you may have
a separate problem for which a good therapist might be the thing you need.
For example, some people get sex and love pretty mixed up and so their longing
for being cared for (usually related to a pretty messed up childhood) causes
them to kind of translate every relationship with some caring into a sexual
Ask your doctor about a trial of additional mood
stabilizers first, though. The way you describe your symptoms, I'd be more
inclined to think that's what you might need.
Published March, 2001