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By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on September 29, 2010

A new study suggests teens that experience the manic phase of bipolar disorder may be at risk for STI’s.

The finding augments prior research that determined teens with mental health disorders are more likely to engage in high risk sexual behaviors, like unprotected sex.

Researchers from the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center discovered teens that experience the manic phase of bipolar disorder are more sexually active, have more sexual partners and are more likely to have a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

The manic phase of bipolar is marked by dramatic mood swings from euphoria and elation to irritability.

Researchers also found that teens with externalizing disorders (which includes attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorders and angry, defiant or hostile behaviors like stealing) are more likely to be sexually active than their peers, putting them at higher risk for HIV and other STIs.

Read in Full:  http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/09/29/risky-sexual-actions-linked-to-mania/18901.html



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