Straight Talk about Hypersexuality in Children with Bipolar Disorder by Dimitri Papolous

From Bp Magazine. Here is one of the best posts I have read in a LONG time.  By Demitri Papolos, MD who wrote The Bipolar Child.
A very common symptom of bipolar disorder— hypersexuality — is one that particularly affects and disturbs the families of children who have the illness, and yet is rarely talked about.

By Demitri Papolos, MD


PrintHypersexuality in children is rarely openly discussed for two reasons: one is that sexuality in children (bipolar or not) is simply not spoken about in public; and the other, sadly, is that parents of hypersexual children are afraid to mention the subject. They are petrified that child protective service agencies will find out and wrongly assume that a hypersexual child is an over stimulated child, and that overstimulation stems from sexual abuse in the home. Few people—even the professionals at child protective service agencies— realize that hypersexualityis very common during the manic or hypomanic stages of bipolar disorder in adults and in children.

What is the definition of hypersexuality?

Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary describes “hypersexual” as “unusually or excessively interested in or concerned with sexual activity.” It is an accepted fact that hypersexuality hypersexuality is a symptom of hypomania or mania in an adult who has bipolar disorder.

In children, the symptom may manifest as a fascination with private parts and an increase in self-stimulatory behaviors, a precocious interest in things of a sexual nature, and language laced with highly sexual words or phrases.

Click here to visit Bp Magazine and read Straight talk about Hypersexuality in Children with Bipolar. 

A note from Julie:

 If you have bipolar disorder, do you have hyper sexuality? This is a common symptom of mania, especially euphoric mania. I have struggled with hyper sexuality symptoms since age 17.
At what age did yours start and how do you manage them now?
I have worked on this for many years and finally have it under control. Imagine dealing with the symptoms as a child!

A Scary Project Gets Done


What if you just did IT anyway, no matter how sacred you feel?

Oh, I love this autocorrect! I meant to type, no matter how SCARED you feel, but sacred is better. Fear is often our way of protecting ourselves. How about if you just did IT anyway, no matter how SCARRED you feel?

That is a good question as well.

I got a yes on a big, scary project today. I spent the morning doing everything possible not to more forward with the project.

I examined myself.

What scares me? Why do I want something and then when it arrives, I’m scared to do it fully? What is the meaning of self sabotage? Why try if I’m not going to follow through?

This isn’t only bipolar disorder. This is personal. This is walking into the world that I say I want instead of just talking about the world I say I want.

I said to myself, “Julie, this is a pattern you said you wanted to END. You want success in what you do. You want to share your ideas with the world. You say you want this for yourself and for the people you can help. Now, you are getting a hair cut, taking the car into get it washed and driving around Portland instead of sitting down and fulfilling a dream. Make the change today Julie. No more talk.”

I then thought of what I needed to do and used the ideas in Get it Done When You’re Depressed. I have to use these ideas as my brain isn’t always reliable! I chose Put Yourself in a Place You Can Work and got to it.

I will share the project once it is done. I was scared. I had thoughts that said it was no good and would not get published. But I kept writing.

We can do this.

We are a team.

What would life be like if you just sat down and did what makes you scared?


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Julie A. Fast Interview about Kanye West and Bipolar Disorder Symptoms

I was recently interviewed about #Kanye West and bipolar disorder. A link to the article from Good Magazine is below. It is very well done. I always find it interesting to see how my words are used in print. I offered a lot of back up information on why I feel Kanye has bipolar disorder. This is not in the article as much as I would like due to the length, but I do feel he has the classic signs of bipolar disorder and possible schizo affective disorder and hopefully he will get the help he needs this time. I have been where Kim is right now, and it’s scary. She is hurting and he is hurting and my compassion is with them.
Kristin Marguerite Doidge did an excellent job, especially considering the complication that fame always puts on mental health symptoms!
I have no interest in being an arm chair diagnostician. I do believe in carefully watching a person’s behavior, what they say and what those around them say as well. Kanye has shown signs of episodic depression, hypomania, full blown mania with psychosis and anxiety for many years. It’s simply an illness.


Bipolar Disorder Psychosis: Sneaky, Sneaky Hallucinations!


Here is an excerpt from a blog I wrote for Bp Magazine on the topic of bipolar disorder and psychosis. Enjoy! A link to the full article is at the end of the blog.


Hello! Please know that this blog talks about a very vivid topic- psychotic hallucinations. I describe what I experience in detail and don’t want anyone to be upset by reading my blog.  I would like to encourage you to keep reading as the hallucinations I describe didn’t harm me at all and the story has a good ending. I talk about these experiences openly in order to help others who might be struggling with undiagnosed bipolar psychosis.

Sneaky, sneaky hallucinations………!  I had my first depression hallucination at age 19. It was so vivid it felt real. My gorgeous Canadian boyfriend broke up with me and I had to move back in with my parents as I had nowhere to live. I flunked out of school the year before (I now know it was because of bipolar disorder, but was truly confused at the time. My parents had NO idea what was going on!)  I was despondent over the breakup to the point that I had trouble functioning…..

Click here to visit the Bp Magazine webpage and read the rest of the blog. 

It’s normal to have psychosis if you have bipolar disorder. Do you see signs of psychosis in yourself or someone you care about?


I Believe in You


I believe in me too.

We can do it.

We can survive.

We can get better

We can reach our dreams.

I’m going to do this.

We can do it together.


Free Call with Julie: Avoid The Bipolar Conversation.. for Parents, Partners and Health Care Professionals



Avoid The Bipolar Conversation:

3 Strategies for Successful Communication When Your Loved One or Client is in a Mood Swing

A Free Phone-In Event with bestselling author and coach Julie A. Fast.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

2:00 PM PST

5:00 PM EST/10:00 PM London, England GMT

What if you could learn to recognize a loved one’s or client’s mood swings from the beginning and create a communication plan that works even when a person is ill? It is possible when you use the strategies from Julie’s books Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder and Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder.

In this complimentary call, Julie will show you how to not only recognize a mood swing before it goes too far, but how to STOP the looping, pointless conversations where bipolar disorder is always in control.

Avoiding the Bipolar Conversation is a method you can learn quickly and use forever.

During this FREE phone call, you will:

–  Learn Julie’s strategy to spot the symptoms of a mood swing before it goes too far. 

– Learn to recognize the signs of the dreaded Bipolar Conversation and make an immediate change in your interactions when a person is ill. 

– Receive the exact words to use when a person is in a mood swing in order to have a effective conversation instead of an argument. 

 – Discover how to avoid the frustrating loops and damaging conversations we all have when bipolar disorder takes over a person’s life. 

If you’re a fan of Julie’s books, this is your chance to hear her explain how she creates her strategies and uses them in her own life.

One hour can change your life and your relationships. There is hope.

Please note that Julie will not use your sign up information for anything other than this call. If you are a current client of Julie, this is a great refresher call. If you love Julie’s books, this is a great chance to learn her techniques from the source.


(It can take a few minutes for your registration emails to arrive in your inbox. You will receive an order email and an email with call in directions. Please write {comments at gmail dot com} if you do not receive the call-in directions.)

A note from Julie:  Join me LIVE and learn exactly what to say and do when a person with bipolar disorder is depressed, manic, anxious or psychotic. It can be so confusing as a parent, partner or health care professional when a person with bipolar disorder is talking and you have to ask yourself, “Wait a minute. He seems happy, but he sounds manic. Do I say something?” Or. “I can tell she’s paranoid right now and I have no idea what to say. Should I just agree with her? Should I call the doctor?” And most importantly, how to talk to someone who is suicidal, the most difficult conversation of all. You can learn what to say. Participants in this FREE call can send in questions for Julie to answer. Details for sending questions are in the registration email you will receive after signing up. 

This complimentary event airs Sunday, November 20th at 2:30 PM PDT. See you there!

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