I need to stop thinking about sex for the next week and a half. Yes, really.
May 21, 2011 9:08 AM Subscribe
Short-term coping techniques for Wellbutrin-related hypersexuality? (likely NSFW)
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (21 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
My psychiatrist bumped my Wellbutrin dose up from 75mg to 150mg (and switched from standard to extended-release) about two weeks ago. There are eight days until my next appointment. Almost right away (say, three days in) I noticed a marked increase in my interest in sex. On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is a Care Bear and 10 is Larry Flynt, I'm usually a 3 or 4, and I was up to 5 or 6. On balance, this was a little unnerving but mostly OK; "interest in human relationships" is one of my therapy issues.
But over the last few days, my general interest in sex has been steadily increasing, to the point that (for the first time in my life) I've considered buying a vibrator, and spent three hours looking at vibrator models when I should have been working. I went from masturbating (at most) once or twice a day to, well, many many times - this is "walk in the door at 5:30, start right away, look up at 8pm and realize you've been doing it since you got home - eat half of what you usually do, then go back to it till midnight" level stuff. I'd say I'm at least an 8 on the Sunshine Bear/Hustler continuum, and I think I can probably see 10 from here.
The issue I have is that, quite frankly, I want to think about other things. I mean, I haven't even read MetaFilter much in the last two weeks (down from close to an hour a day.) I can't get through two stories at CNN without suddenly (more or less automatically) detouring to online erotica. I am uninterested, all of a sudden, in my entire reading list (which is quite broad, but distinctly unarousing in subject matter.) I am abandoning Churchill and Thomas Aquinas and Larry Niven in favor of badly written nonsense. I try to watch favorite shows on Netflix and end out ignoring them in favor of not-terribly-satisfying physical gratification. This is really irritating; I'm useless at work and home and beyond that I'm frankly scaring myself.
Obviously, this is going to be brought up at my next appointment.
Meanwhile, you can't just stop taking Wellbutrin right away, and moreover I can already guarantee this won't be a sufficient "emergency" to get me in to see my doctor early. "I slept three hours last night" got me a "bring a sleep diary in to your appointment two weeks from now."
SO: on the off chance that someone has some coping mechanisms, especially ones that you can do in a work environment where you can't install anything on your computer and reminder signs will attract more attention than shopping around for sex toys on your smartphone does... please share? Bearing in mind that only about 30% of me actually wants to stop, and it doesn't appear to be in charge at the moment. It's incredibly bizarre, because I'm actually finding the sexual thoughts rather boring and not that appealing on an aesthetic level; I just can't stop focusing on them. And yet I would like to get things done in May still. Help?
I don't know if it matters, but I'm currently diagnosed with bipolar II and ADHD; the Wellbutrin is for the ADHD. I don't have any non-psychiatric diseases to blame this on. Many therapists and psychiatrists agree I have strong obsessive tendencies.