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 Marcia Purse

Sexuality and Mental Illness

By December 3, 2012

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Some people see three grades of sex drive: high, normal and low. But "normal" is a deceptive term when it applies to the libido. Normal for me might be low. Normal for you might be high. So "average" or "medium" might be a better term for the middle spot. Take a look at the meaning of "libido" and how mental illness and the drugs that treat it can affect it.

The impact of bipolar disorder on sex can be frustrating or even devastating to self-esteem and relationships. The mood swings and the complications of treatment far too often push these normal tensions to extreme behavior and dysfunction. Mania often leads to hypersexuality and for some, sex addictions. Depression and medication side effects can kill libido bringing sex to a grinding halt. So what is a person to do?

How has bipolar disorder affected your sexuality? Share your story and read what others have had to say.

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