Hypersexuality and manic episodes are known to go hand-in-hand, but hyposexuality (low or no sex drive) can also be present as part of the bipolar illness. It is a known side effect of bipolar medication, so identifying whether it is the illness or the medication to blame, is not so easy. However, it is also easy for the psychiatrist or doctor to just blame the medication rather than talk about it and try to help with the problem.
It was a huge day yesterday; my Support Worker took me out. I have been housebound for almost a year due to illness, and I'm only just getting out and about again. My local Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) arranged for a Support Worker to take me out and get used to using busy public transport again.
One of the beautiful aspects of this recovery is being able to see properly again; to see a flower appearing out of the darkness and appreciate its depth of colour, pumps the zest through my arteries.
The relationship you have with your partner is important for mental wellbeing. Excellent relationships can enhance mental wellbeing, but poor relationships may lead to stress, anxiety and depression. It is often a difficult subject to raise, but one worth considering for the benefit of both partners. Three simple things that can improve the quality of relationship with your partner are:
When it comes to mental wellbeing, different types of relationships are important. Probably the most important relationship is the one that you have with yourself. When mental health is poor, this is usually the first relationship to suffer and may be the hardest to fix. Things that you can do to help improve your relationship with yourself include:
Do I have I have a mental Illness or mental health problems? We can have problems with our mental health in the same way we can have problems with our physical health, but I believe calling a serious mental illness 'mental health problems' is wrong! It is belittling to the seriousness of the illness and the complications that sufferers have to endure.
On the left side of 'bonkers' is the illusion of being 'normal' and on the right side of 'bonkers' the illusion of being 'not normal.' Now let us look at the differences ....