He enrolls in a clinical trial run by the famous Dr.Lanyon, whose miracle drug is destined to help people like him lead a more balanced life.
But the depression continued to plague him like a 10-ton fog, relentless and oppressing. Marty’s doctors explained that this kind of hypersexual behavior was a symptom of his bipolar disorder, and as long as he adhered to his treatment protocol, he would learn to manage it; he would be safe. He didn’t know exactly where his desire—no, his —to sexually expose himself came from, whether it sprang from this “brain disease” called bipolar illness, or whether it was some other manifestation that merely overlapped.
All he knew was that his weekly talk therapy sessions and the small pile of pills he consumed daily were not enough to quash it.
It was only a matter of time before he’d find himself arrested again, before his hopes of a successful life would seem dashed by the impulsive and ultimately unsatisfying behavior that controlled him.
During bipolar mania, a tendency toward poor decision-making occurs along with an increase in impulsivity. These symptoms combined often lead individuals with bipolar disorder toward their own sexual extremes, at least during manic episodes.
Take my friend Jerome, hired one summer to drive a van full of rich and annoying European teenagers across the country. I didn't hear Sara's story until later, but it didn't have many funny parts.