Hypersexuality and hyposexuality with bipolar and trauma

This topic about sexuality is very triggering for me as I have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from sexual trauma. I have also been diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder which has mania and depressive episodes.

People with bipolar and/or trauma may experience hypersexuality (a very high libido) or hyposexuality (a very low or non-existent libido). Hypersexuality is a common symptom of bipolar mania or hypomania.

I was triggered when I mentioned (sexual) expectations (in a relationship). Shed some tears and kept going – I did some processing.

This video is a brief overview of what hyposexuality and hypersexuality are like for me.

There is myth that people with bipolar and experiencing hypersexuality all cheat. I don’t believe this to be true. I do think that one may feel more tempted with a very high sex drive and impaired judgement and increased impulsivity, but that does not make them automatically cheat.

Hypersexuality and hyposexuality can be challenging though in monogamous relationships.

Source: Youtube