womandancerA recent episode of Larry King Now “Brain Power: Sharpen Your Mind” featuring Deepak Chopra and Dr. Gary Small discusses mysteries of the brain, and the how to maximize your brain power.  When they discussed sex and the mind, Chopra identified “Sex is good for a wandering mind.”

Sex is good for all minds, however, as a Bipolar II individual this quote struck a chord in me. I asked myself “Is that why hypomanic people are hyper sexual?”  Does it temper a ferocious wandering mind? Yes.

Sex becomes a form of self medication.

Before I was medicated with a mood stabilizer I was hyper sexual. My mind would spew out idea after idea, more or less “wandered” at such an accelerated rate, I would use sex as a means to calm it.  Hyper sexuality is a symptom of Bipolar II which often gets overlooked, or misunderstood.  But if you think about it in simple terms, a wandering mind on speed demands more attention and has a higher need than a stable mind.

Chronic Hypo Manic individuals are not sex addicts, we simply need sex to release the fluidity of thoughts in our brain that can be overwhelming, and cause anxiety.

In my adolescence, I masturbated without any guilt or shame, which is rare coming from a Catholic upbringing and being a female where masturbation is not often a topic of conversation.  But, I didn’t care. I didn’t think twice about it, cause it relaxed my brain.  It didn’t become a drug or addiction, more a form of self-medication.

When I started my mood stabilizer my need to masturbate or have sex abated.  It didn’t upset me though because having a mind on fire, that causes you to have over the top sexual desires and needs, is exhausting.  Now, sex is balanced, like my brain.  I don’t recall those hyper sexual days and quite frankly, don’t want to.

But, having said that, I will tell you this, I’m not taking any medications that will have side effects that suppress my sex drive.  I’ve already taken it down a few notches which is enough for me.  I prefer to be calm, and not a Tasmanian devil.

At least, for now.

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    Last reviewed: 15 Jun 2013

APA Reference
Loberg, E. (2013). Hyper Sexuality: Sex Calms A Wandering Mind. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 23, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/manic-depression/2013/06/13/hyper-sexuality-sex-calms-a-wandering-mind/

 

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