As people who know me and read this blog know I have bipolar disorder.
I have been hospitalized 3 times and probably should have been a fourth time.
Luckily I never was in mania as long as Suzy Favor Hamilton in her book.
I wonder why she was on Zoloft so long. Someone who is flittering everywhere and actually becomes an escort in Vegas while married with a child in Madison, Wisconsin may not be in her right mind.
Sounds like it happened for years before she was diagnosed.
It tells me a lot about how far we still need to go in health care. Her primary care should have at least referred her to a psychiatrist. It’s very easy to prescribe Prozac, which worked well for her or Zoloft, which made her very, very antidepressed with mania.
I would have liked more of an epilogue after diagnosis then a few pages but definitely worth reading.
People who are elite at anything give up a lot. For Suzy Favor Hamilton it was being a world class middle distance runner. Also seems strange that her coach couldn’t be with her at the Olympics. Also 3 heats is a lot for a miler. That’s 3 very intense races. I did mile and 2 mile and cross country 5K (3.1 miles) in high school and they are not races easily done with multiple heats.
I’m glad I read it. I am glad about her honesty. I am glad she is telling her story. I am glad she was safe.