Tina, who has bipolar disorder, has been with her current partner for six years and finds that her volatility is the real test: “He's been so supportive and patient with me.
“And then there’s the impact on the other person when you just don’t want to have sex at all.
It’s awful when someone thinks it’s because of them.
Bipolar is essentially a mood disorder which causes an individual to swing between depressed and elevated states.
Some 2.4 million people are thought to be affected in the UK, with most diagnosed with either bipolar 1 -characterised by the most severe ‘up’ states, known as mania (which can also lead to hallucinations), or bipolar 2: the less severe form - defined by hypomania, a milder elevated state.
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