Nymphomania and Satyriasis

Hyper sexuality Defined

Hyper sexuality is defined as “exhibiting unusual or excessive concern with or indulgence in sexual activity”

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Hyper sexuality is generally associated with hypomania and mania and used to be known as nymphomania. (Although the terms nymphomania (for women) and  (for men) are still used by the World Health Organization.) It should be noted that the severity of hyper sexuality runs the gamut just like all hypomanic /manic symptoms do.

Hyper sexuality Experienced

I am a very sexual person in nature. I like sex. I like it a lot. When I write about it, words drip from the page. When I speak of it, my tongue lashes each word. When I engage in it, people on the street notice.

But this is not hyper sexuality.

Hyper sexuality is actually the excessive desire for sex or indulgent activities. Hyper sexuality is about the needing, the craving of a release. Hyper sexuality is feeling sex move across your skin, slip down the shaft of each hair, and settle deep within your core making all other wants irrelevant. Hyper sexuality is driving force. Like eating. When you’re starving to death.

And while this can be rather fun in the right circumstances and perhaps even enjoyable to languish in, it’s not necessarily productive or adaptive.

Hyper sexuality and Relationships

Hyper sexuality can be a fun time depending on what you and your partner like and how available your partner is. You may be able to channel the overflowing sexuality into a glorious weekend or even week.

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Or you might not.

Unfortunately, often hyper sexuality results in the seeking of sex from any available source and sometimes this is outside the relationship. Yes, hyper sexuality during mania can destroy relationships.

Hyper sexuality and the Single Life

Hyper sexuality might result in you dating more, picking up someone in a bar or possibly just writhing around on your living room floor. It depends on the person.

Effects of Hyper sexuality

I am an extremely intellectual individual with excessive control over my behavior; so personally, I don’t have any serious ill effects from hyper sexuality. However, this is not the case for everyone. If a person is prone to high risk sex with multiple partners this can be quite dangerous. It’s also worth noting that hyper sexuality is often combined with a decrease in inhibitions, impulsive behaviors and impaired judgment, all leading to a perfect storm of destructive behavior.

What to Do About Hyper sexuality

It simply comes down to knowing yourself and your life. This symptom is just like any other, if it is harming your life, then you should develop strategies to handle that. For example:

  1. femaleRecognize hyper sexuality onset
  2. Tell your partner
  3. Talk to your doctor for a possible med change
  4. See a therapist
  5. Create a network to help you handle the symptom without harming yourself or others

While you’ll likely have to just wait for the feeling to pass, the feeling alone won’t destroy your life, but your actions can.

Melissa Jane

@Natasha_Tracy

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