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Can iatrogenic amphetamine psychosis and bipolar disorder cause deviant sexual behavior?

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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Yes: Amphetamines can mimic mania, and both amphetamine use and mania can provoke hypersexual activity. "deviant" is here a difficult word to understand--whether you mean it colloquially or in an older sense referring to abnormal (now called "paraphilic"). But in general, impulses of many kinds--sexual, aggressive, risky--that one might not want to act on can be disinhibited and exaggerated by both.

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Last updated Feb 25, 2020

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