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Quote from Wikipedia On Topic of Biopolar and Hypersexuality

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"Hypersexuality is extremely frequent or suddenly increased libido. It is currently controversial whether it should be included as a clinical diagnosis used by mental health professionals. Clinicians have yet to reach a consensus over how best to describe hypersexuality as a primary condition. Psychological needs also complicate the biological explanation, which identifies the temporal/frontal lobe of the brain as the area for regulating libido."


" People with bipolar disorder may often display tremendous swings in sex drive depending on their mood. As defined in the DSM-IV-TR, hypersexuality can be a symptom of in bipolar disorder.... "

The article goes on to say that "... increasing hypersexuality has been theorized to sometimes compensate for declining self-esteem and cognitive function "

So if it is the brain's way of compensating for declining cognitive function then is this not quite actually a positive aspect of a trait that is characteristic of some of those living with bi polar symptoms.

I do not understand why they would be considering hypersexuality as a clinical disease if in fact it is protecting or repairing the brain in a compensating way and feeding self esteem needs.
 
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"Hypersexuality is extremely frequent or suddenly increased libido. It is currently controversial whether it should be included as a clinical diagnosis used by mental health professionals. Clinicians have yet to reach a consensus over how best to describe hypersexuality as a primary condition. Psychological needs also complicate the biological explanation, which identifies the temporal/frontal lobe of the brain as the area for regulating libido."


" People with bipolar disorder may often display tremendous swings in sex drive depending on their mood. As defined in the DSM-IV-TR, hypersexuality can be a symptom of in bipolar disorder.... "

The article goes on to say that "... increasing hypersexuality has been theorized to sometimes compensate for declining self-esteem and cognitive function "

So if it is the brain's way of compensating for declining cognitive function then is this not quite actually a positive aspect of a trait that is characteristic of some of those living with bi polar symptoms.

I do not understand why they would be considering hypersexuality as a clinical disease if in fact it is protecting or repairing the brain in a compensating way and feeding self esteem needs.
My ex had bpd and that describes her prerty well
 
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I think the disease aspect of it is just that one cant like get enough and feel stressed and anxious. Or they go out seeking relief from wherever and whomever they can. This can get dangerous in and of itself (risky encounters), but the "disease" can also affect relationships like if one person isn't getting enough satisfaction from their partner and seek compensation elsewhere.
 
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I used to be like that
but with the change its more normalised now

I treated it like an addiction and used 12 step programmes
 
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I have experienced hypersexuality accompanied by bipolar mania on three different occasions. In no case did it coincide with a loss of self esteem. In fact as a result of my delusions of grandeur I felt exceptionally attractive as in one of the most gorgeous people in the world. I’m not sure if it happened to compensate for cognitive function. I just know that I experienced an incessant, constant need to be sexually active. I would self pleasure three to five times a day and be extremely sexually demanding to the person I was intimate with in those days. I had one spell in 2015 and one spell in 2019. Each occurred when in mania and off my meds. In general I don’t know that there is much accurate “science” surrounding things like bipolar manias. There are just theories that different folks have about why things work the way that they do. These explanations to me sound stupid and not in keeping with what I experienced as part of my reality. I think for practitioners who have not experienced things like mania, the closest they can come to explaining them is theory. Defining the actual truth of the matter is just too hard. xo, j
 
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This is how it was explained to me there are 2 people in us at all times . The mindful you and our egos . Our ego is like a body guard that protects us from being hurt from this chaotic world . When we don't make a conscious decision do I really want to do that ? Is this good for me ? will this hurt others ? .If not our ego will take over and do what it wants to do .The ego can never get enough of anything like we see with egomaniacs never enough money , never enough power , never enough stuff never enough sex . The more we feed our attention energy the bigger our ego will grow .The ego also creates many programs in our minds that are in pairs that oppose each other which explains bipolar . That's why when people get drunk or on drugs they lose their consciousness and the ego takes control and they do things they normally wouldn't do.
 
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I have experienced hypersexuality accompanied by bipolar mania on three different occasions. In no case did it coincide with a loss of self esteem. In fact as a result of my delusions of grandeur I felt exceptionally attractive as in one of the most gorgeous people in the world. I’m not sure if it happened to compensate for cognitive function. I just know that I experienced an incessant, constant need to be sexually active. I would self pleasure three to five times a day and be extremely sexually demanding to the person I was intimate with in those days. I had one spell in 2015 and one spell in 2019. Each occurred when in mania and off my meds. In general I don’t know that there is much accurate “science” surrounding things like bipolar manias. There are just theories that different folks have about why things work the way that they do. These explanations to me sound stupid and not in keeping with what I experienced as part of my reality. I think for practitioners who have not experienced things like mania, the closest they can come to explaining them is theory. Defining the actual truth of the matter is just too hard. xo, j
As the saying goes, " who feels it, knows it"
 
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I would suggest that what they're saying when they say that the compensating for "declining self-esteem and cognitive function" means it should be looked at independently of an episode of mania and rather it be an expression of what your brain is like at baseline, and mania or hypo states just bring it out of you; like a box that has been opened and the uninhibited part of you comes rushing out, just as when intoxicated. I would also say that I wouldn't exactly see it as a way to repair self-esteem, although it may do that briefly, in the moment, long-term it would likely be the opposite: how many here regret sexual behaviour once back on the level, for example? I can't speak too much for the hows and whys of the declining cognitive function because...mine is indeed declining! Maybe it means that when that happens you just revert back to a sexually rampant beast incapable of thinking about much else and not having the cortical gate checks in place to question yourself about if you should be doing what you're doing? Yeah, I'll go with that! (y)
 
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This is interesting. This is further saying to me that a large majority of the symptoms in labels in the DSM just follow the same Perceive->Disturb->Provoke->Respond sequence. You get a perception, it disturbs you and provokes/encourages/arouses you to Respond. They are all the same thing acting on your most vulnerable sensitivities as an individual. That's why so much of what is being said here I feel applies with OCD as well (compulsive behavior), eating disorder urges, hyper-sexual urges and so many other symptoms.

And the causes can be multiple. They can be from external stimuli. Past trauma or whatever. Exposure to pornography which is legalized and artificially enhanced sugary foods are a couple of examples.

A lot of this is just an attack on your emotions to the point where it feels like you have no control. This is a level I don't think has been seen in history. That's why I stay at home as much as possible and I really don't think a lot of people classified in the DSM have a real "disease". If they can get the right therapy they can hopefully recover. I did.
 
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