At 18 years old I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder II and a few months later Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It was shattering. I had just come to terms with mental illness after being diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety, several years prior. That in its self-took 5 years to do. It felt as if the moment I had become ok with depression and anxiety, it was taken away from me. I believed bipolar disorder was for crazy people that lived in asylums and PTSD was for soldiers, not someone who had been a victim of sexual assault. It took me a long time to come to terms with my new diagnosis but one of the most valuable things I was told was that I feel and process things on a different spectrum to others.
In many ways, sex addiction is like other compulsive behaviors. This type of addiction can potentially destroy an otherwise normal, life-enhancing activity. Consuming patterns of