Sexually frank commentary follows:
I don’t think this is a strip many people will relate to, depression does affect the sex drive of people differently and this is just one possibility. It also happens to be the possibility that I was afflicted with. I have read that when depressed, many people turn to activities that are produce a extreme high sensation, like drugs, alcohol, dangerous activities, and so on. I think that this is because while depression produces a flat mood which makes it difficult to feel, the sudden rush of chemicals, adrenaline, etc. can temporarily bypass this flat mood and provide a sensation. In the case of sex, orgasms help release endorphins, which produce a feeling similar to a “runner’s high”.
This can be quite addictive, and I have to admit that I went through a long phase where sex was not only important to me, it because practically the main thing in my life where I could temporarily escape the emptiness of my life. It really hurt my romantic relationships for reasons that are probably obvious: my partners were very concerned about my focus on sex, and I was far more interested in a sexual aspects of a relationship than the romantic and personal aspects. However, in my mind I truly believed I was looking for love and happiness and not just the endorphin rush that came with sex — I had convinced myself of this when my actions were proving otherwise. It took me a long time to realize that this was what I was doing, and it had a feedback effect because my failing relationships were not helping my depression any.
Anyways, as always I do appreciate your comments on this, even if you don’t agree with what I’m thinking on this.