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Hypersexuality

Probably no other disease has as much misinformation and is subject to as much scorn and judgment than hypersexuality. Those who believe the mind is completely subject to thoughts and that every action can be controlled by thoughts ignore proven research and evaluations of almost every disease and chemical/mineral relationship to the body. It is the subject of jokes and ridicule and even though courts and the medical community are beginning to accept it, it is still misunderstood.

Some people's reactions are compulsive sexual activity with live partners and others may be addicted to pornography. It may also be related to gender identies.

"Patrick Carnes, Ph.D., the researcher who first identified sexual addiction as a condition, has estimated that about 8 percent of men and 3 percent of women from the population in the US are sexually addicted. This constitutes over 15 million people in this country alone.2" http://bipolar.about.com/cs/hypersex/a/aa_hypersex.htm

Read this web site: http://www.nytimes.com/2000/11/19/magazine/how-do-you-cure-a-sex-addict.html

American Psychiatric Association's classification of mental disorders, DSM-IV, the term "hypersexuality" has replaced with "nymphomania" for women and "'satyriasis" for men. Wickipedia

The symptoms of nymphomania and satyriasis are very real for some people. There are two schools of thought; On is that it is the result of ones thoughts, or past trauma or abuse. Others belief it is from a chemical imbalance in the body. There are also those who believe it is both. The medical solutions are counseling and drugs to inhibit sexual drive, usually antidepressants who's side effects include a drop in sex drive.

There is a complete ms-understanding of the chemical aspects of this disease. Yes it is a disease. There are numerous chemical, mineral and diseases that can increase or decrease sexual drive. This page will attempt to collect information about these diseases and chemicals that cause it and herbs that have research indicating they may aid in treatment. One such compound that I believe is causing much of this problem is Excito Toxins. Read the page on Excito Toxins and the linked research and you will see proof that it messes up the body chemistry and hormones. Did you know many food additives, plastic bottles, plastic lined food cans and every man-made sugar substitute is or has excito toxins? Aspartame and MSG are two of the worst mostly because they are the most used in our food and drinks. Yet very few people know they can effect gender, hormonal and sexual problems, as well as other problems including OCB. One mineral that is proven to cause these problems is Copper yet it is included in so many nutritional supplements. Heavy metals may also cause or be related to sexual problems. Few in our society have any idea that what they are eating or diseases they may have can relate to either hypo or hypersexuality. Antidepressents often contain these two compounds; Dopimine increases and serotonin decreases hypersexuality.

1.
"Hypersexuality is an increased need, even pressure, for sexual gratification and is often a symptom of mania." (Bipolar Disorder) http://bipolar.about.com/cs/hypersex/a/aa_hypersex.htm

2. "Upon researching hypersexuality, many articles came up that related various drug therapies in relation to hypersexuality, the most common one was any drug therapy related to Parkinson’s disease...There are several documented cases of Parkinson’s disease patients experiencing hypersexuality due to their drug therapies for their disease symptoms. A study at the Mayo Clinic showed that thirteen Parkinson’s patients experienced hypersexuality. This study attributed the problem to an inhibition of prolactin secretion (2). Prolactin is a hormone that plays a part in regulating the levels of sex hormones, and it also represses the effect of dopamine. It can also be indicative of the level of sexual satisfaction a person is feeling; high levels of prolactin are usually associated with impotence and a loss of libido as well as a decrease in sex hormone (3). So if a patient was on drugs that inhibited the release of prolactin, the low levels might have the opposite effect and increase a person’s libido. Another study looked at a patient who was taking L-dopa and a dopamine agonist called bromocriptine (4). This patient’s dosage of these drugs might have been too much, causing too large of an increase in dopamine, causing their hypersexuality...After looking at all of these examples of patient’s with hypersexuality due to other medical causes, it seems that the levels of dopamine play the most important role for many. This makes sense as dopamine is associated with the pleasure system of the brain, and dopamine is released during sexual activity..."http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/node/458

3. 60 causes of Hypersexuality OR Mania http://symptoms.wrongdiagnosis.com/cosymptoms/hypersexuality/mania-sall.htm

1. Addington disease
2. Adrenal Cancer
3. Adrenal Cortex Diseases
4. Adrenal Cortex Neoplasms
5. Adrenal adenoma, familial
6. Adrenal gland hyperfunction
7. Adrenal incidentaloma
8. Adrenocortical carcinoma
9. Affective Disorders, Psychotic
10. Amitriptyline toxicity
11. Amoxapine toxicity
12. Amphetamine abuse
13. Binswanger's Disease
14. Bipolar disorder
15. Clomipramine Toxicity
16. Cocaine abuse
17. Cyclothymic disorder
18. Decompression sickness
19. Dementia
20. Desipramine toxicity
21. Doxepin toxicity
22. Dysbarism
23. Ecstasy abuse
24. Emotional stress
25. Functioning pancreatic endocrine tumor
26. Ginseng overuse
27. HAIR-AN Syndrome
28. Hepatic encephalopathy syndrome
29. Hyperadrenalism
30. Hyperandrogenism
31. Hyperthyroidism
32. Hypomania
33. Imipramine toxicity
34. Insomnia
35. Kluver-Bucy Syndrome
36. Lead poisoning
37. Lidocaine toxicity
38. Lithium toxicity
39. Lupus
40. Magnesium Overdose
41. Mania
42. Marchiafava-Bignami disease
43. Marijuana abuse
44. Migraine
45. Ménière's disease
46. Nortriptyline toxicity
47. Organic mood syndrome
48. Personality disorders
49. Protriptyline toxicity
50. Psychosis
51. Puberty
52. Rabies
53. Schizoaffective disorder
54. Schizophrenia
55. Sertoli-leydig cell tumors
56. St. Anthony's fire
57. Tolterodine toxicity
58. Tranquilizer withdrawal
59. Trimipramine toxicity
60. Wolfram's disease

4. "A 1975 study that looked at lifetime sexual experience found extramarital sexual experiences to be more frequent amongst bipolar people - 29% had had 10 or more experiences. According to figures quoted by Goodwin and Jamison, hypersexuality was reported in 57% of manic individuals, based on averages across seven studies, with a range of values from 25% to 80%! And remember, "sexual indiscretions" is such a significant marker of bipolar illness that it is included in the DSM-IV's diagnostic criteria."
http://www.bipolar-lives.com/bipolar-infidelity.html

5. "On August 4 GlaxoSmithKline was forced to update its package insert for Requip, a drug used to treat restless legs syndrome (RLS) or, "jitters in the legs," which some claim isn't a real disease. What is real, is that Requip also causes "pathological gambling," and "increased libido including hypersexuality." We know this because that's what the new package insert says. The GlaxoSmithKline package insert for Requip claims these unusual side-effects are a class effect, and says, "Impulse control symptoms, including compulsive behaviors such as pathological gambling and hypersexuality, have been reported in patients treated with dopaminergic agents." Not only Requip causes these unusual side effects, Mirapex, a former Pfizer drug (which Pfizer is letting Boehringer-Ingelheim market), can also make your personality change overnight." http://blog.nj.com/njv_peter_rost/2007/08/fda_approved_drug_makes_you_hy.html

Around 45% of children with bipolar disorder exhibit hypersexuality. This causes a number of behaviours, masturbation (not necessarily compulsive), disinhibition, interest in sex, use of sexualised language, seeking sexual contact with other children and adults." http://www.openintegral.net/blog/?p=183

6. Herb-Discovery comment; Several research reports indicate amygdale lesions cause hypersexuality. The following quote is from Wicipida see the referenced link for pictures and more information. Note the reference to dopamine. "The amygdalae send impulses to the hypothalamus for important activation of the sympathetic nervous system, to the thalamic reticular nucleus for increased reflexes, to the nuclei of the trigeminal nerve and facial nerve for facial expressions of fear, and to the ventral tegmental area, locus coeruleus, and laterodorsal tegmental nucleus for activation of dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amygdala

7. "...After looking at all of these examples of patient’s with hypersexuality due to other medical causes, it seems that the levels of dopamine play the most important role for many. This makes sense as dopamine is associated with the pleasure system of the brain, and dopamine is released during sexual activity. As for the patients with damage to the temporal lobe, mesolimbic dopamine is associated with creativity in the frontal and temporal lobes, but it is unclear how this is related to hypersexuality exactly (11). This is a good example of how much of our behavior is out of our actual control. This is especially evident in the epilepsy patient who was extremely uncomfortable with his new sex drive and sexual desires, but could not change the way he was behaving due to the chemical imbalance in his brain. I feel this is also a lesson in taking care what drugs should be given and how much in order to produce the optimal effect without inducing other unwanted problems for a patient..." http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/node/458

8. "Chronic inorganic mercury exposure induces sex-specific changes in central TNFa expression: importance in autism? Mercury is neurotoxic and increasing evidence suggests that environmental exposure to mercury may contribute to neuropathologies (study of disease of nervous system) tissue including Alzheimer's disease and autism spectrum disorders. Mercury is known to disrupt immunocompetence (ability of the body to produce a normal immune response following exposure to an antigen) in the periphery,.. (the external surface) These findings are consistent with our previously reported male-specific mercury-induced deficits in social behavior and further support a role for heavy metals exposure in neuropathologies such as autism. Subsequent studies should further evaluate the mechanism of action and biological consequences of heavy metals exposure... http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21906657

 

 

 

 
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