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Dual Diagnosis: Understanding Sex Addiction With Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder manifests itself in one college student’s “need” to sexually expose himself on campus.

Marty was diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder in the spring of his junior year in college. The symptoms had emerged during adolescence, but it wasn’t until a particularly startling manic episode that Marty’s doctor knew his depression was more than unipolar (i.e., clinical depression by itself). The gifted art student had painted his naked body in elaborate geometric patterns and shown up at the fountain in front of his university’s grand administrative building during the middle of a sunny afternoon. He proceeded to dramatically quote Michel Foucault’s Madness and Civilization, even as he was carried away by campus security.

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Treating the Narcissistic Sex Addict

It is not uncommon for the lay person to view a sex addict as narcissistic, assuming the individual is focused only on self with a heightened sense of worth. In reality, however, the narcissist is one who tends to use this approach as a defense mechanism to protect the individual against powerful feelings of unworthiness or inadequacy.

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Relapse in Sexual Addiction: An Opportunity to Refocus on Recovery

Relapse is a term often applied to substance addiction recovery, but the term also applies to the estimated three to five percent of adults in the U.S. who are living with sexual addiction.

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Sex Addiction or Love Addiction: Conditions Have Differences and Similarities

Is a sex addict also a love addict? Is a person with sexual addiction also addicted to love? Experts have varying opinions for these complex conditions.

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