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How can bipolar disorder affect sexuality?

Ms. Julie A. Fast
Mental Health
If your relationship has sexual problems because of bipolar disorder, you're not alone. Issues may include your partner's lack of sexuality when depressed, excessive sexuality when manic, a general lack of affection toward you when he or she is too ill to have a fulfilling and intimate relationship, and the side effects of medications. You may also have problems that include feeling obligated to have sex with your partner when he or she is ill or having to deal with the physical changes that some medications can cause. Many couples without illness issues also have sexual problems, so it's no wonder that the sexual problems caused by bipolar disorder can seem overwhelming.
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