Suzy Favor Hamilton is a small town Wisconsin girl who became a three-time Olympian in women’s middle distance running. Then, something bizarre happened – the married mother became a high-priced Las Vegas escort. FOX411: So was the adrenaline fix your main motivation or did money play a big part? Suzy chronicles her life and struggle with bipolar disorder in her new book, “Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running from Madness.”Suzy Favor Hamilton: After hiring the sex worker and that whole experience, something changed in me, I don’t know what it was at that time, but I kept telling my husband, “Don’t you feel this high? It was great but I don’t know what you’re talking about.” But I was having this euphoric high. Hamilton: To back up for a second, two months before that threesome and jumping out of an airplane that same day I was misdiagnosed for depression and they gave me an antidepressant called Zoloft, and one of the side effects that it can bring on is hyper-sexuality, not in all cases but when you’re bipolar and you take Zoloft now you’re kind of getting this double whammy, so I was hypersexual at that time, and the threesome was so easy and the high I was feeling was also contributed to the drug, not blaming the drug for then what progressed in the six months, from the threesome to the six months becoming an escort in Vegas. Zoloft (sertraline) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). Although it is most commonly used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Zoloft is sometimes prescribed for social phobia and other phobias. Learn how it works, possible side effects, and precautions. SSRIs are known as second-generation antidepressants since they are newer than monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) and tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs). SSRIs work by slowing the reabsorption of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a chemical neurotransmitter, which transmits electrical impulses from one neuron to the next. Normally, serotonin is quickly reabsorbed, but an SSRI lets the serotonin remain in the synaptic gap between neurons for a longer period of time.
It started very slowly; at an almost non-existent rate. My mother, then about 84 years old, broke her ankle. She had been extremely active, playing table tennis regularly in a senior club; she was also a bridge champion almost all her life. She even joined online bridge groups and beat everyone on the internet too. When they asked how old she was, her partners and competitors just flipped that she was in her 80s and a bridge champion. The ankle that broke needed surgery with plates and screws. She was restricted to bed for 6 months and then to wheelchair for life. While her ankle was healing she was in bed and could not play bridge, she lost her skills and partner. I get tons of emails from thyroid cancer (and other thyroid patients) wondering how to best handle starting new thyroid medication or changing doses of thyroid medication. Some endocrinologists on the forefront of thyroid cancer research are beginning to toy with the idea that maybe patients need to be kept hyperthyroid but not uncomfortably so. These helpful hints are based on my own experiences as well as those of other thyroid cancer patients I met on the road while writing my book Everything Changes. Regardless of where your doctor’s approach falls on the spectrum of how low to go with your TSH, make sure you understand what their goal is so you are not banging your head against the wall with miscommunication about your lab numbers and symptoms. Aim for a rational conversation with your doc about your symptoms. Remember, I’m not a doc and this is non-medical information. Thyroid cancer patients are hands down the most emotional cancer patients I meet. How hyper a patient should be might vary from doctor to doctor. The thinking is that the lower the TSH, the less stimulation of thyroid activity, and hopefully the less opportunity for renegade cancerous thyroid tissue to grow. Traditionally, thyroid cancer patients have been kept extremely hyperthyroid as a long-term treatment goal (in other words very low TSH). Patients with different kinds of thyroid disease have different target goals for their hormone levels.
If you have this mental health disorder, medication can improve your day-to-day existence in many ways. But antidepressant side effects can also turn that figurative nightmare into a literal one. Do some digging on the internet and you’ll see plenty of people on antidepressants reporting strange, intense, sometimes alarming dreams. “They are scary, not like a zombie apocalypse, but like a car accident or a heart attack,” Gaby Dunn wrote on , “My dreams are vibrant, rich, and detailed, occurring in a world with as much depth as the one I live in during the day.… Sometimes the gorgeous hyper-realism and detail of these dreams feel like a curse, especially after I have nightmarish dreams.”Sleep doctors aren’t surprised by this common antidepressant side effect. “This is absolutely something I’ve seen,” board-certified sleep specialist Michael Breus, Ph. In addition to dream-related changes, antidepressants can affect your sleep in all sorts of ways, both good and bad. People usually think of depression as causing symptoms like persistent sadness and feelings of worthlessness, but it can also lead to fatigue, insomnia, and consistently waking up too early or sleeping too late. I like to divide my time here on planet Earth into two distinct time periods: pre and post-Zoloft. Z.” To be fair, any human’s life is undoubtedly more nuanced than two large blocks of time, but for the purposes of this article, stay with a time of rushed meetings, angry car rides, delusions of grandeur, fears of being trapped in small spaces, panic attacks in grocery stores, fears of having panic attacks in grocery stores, and so on and so forth. Don’t get me wrong, there were some good times in there (shout-out Spring Break Class of ’04 Lake Havasu OMG you guys were the best!!!! But few know the real truth, which is that I actually developed a fear of fainting after one time losing consciousness while exiting an airplane because I ate too many sour patch kids and my blood sugar dropped. I would avoid certain situations where I had panic attacks, and then, of course, that led to fears of many places: freeways, elevators, bridges, tunnels, grocery stores, basically anywhere where I didn’t have an immediate escape. I remember choosing to make videos in middle school when I should have given live presentations because I thought I could better control the circumstances. JK I didn’t go anywhere), but overall, it was a constant struggle to battle “the noise” inside my brain. It’s actually very funny for me to write out now, but at the time, it was hands-down the most traumatic thing that had happened in my short lifespan thus far. This event then led to situational claustrophobia and the fear that I could lose control, or faint, in any situation in which I may have found myself an incessant hunger to understand the “why” of existence, and you’ve got a recipe for neuroticism, or pure genius, you make the call ;) It didn’t take long for my thoughts to desensitize me from reality and lead to a spiral of other thoughts that would, as my therapist warned, take me “out of my body and up, up, and away if I wasn’t careful….."The fear loop, man. One time, while working at my first job, the air conditioning turned off in the middle of the summer and I was wearing some pretty tight new skinny jeans. While my childhood was generally carefree, spent imitating all of the ethnic Disney princesses and running around like the little tomboy I was and still am, things shifted when I hit age 13. Losing consciousness for a type-A Virgo who is hyper-aware and hyper-vigilant represented a loss of control, a fear of death on some level, and the ongoing sensation that I wasn’t safe in the world. I made the bold decision to go home at lunch and change into a dress, taking off my pants in the car so I wouldn’t suffocate (obviously), but getting pulled over and searched by Secret Service agents who were in town protecting a nearby President Obama. Now that I’m on the Z, I can definitely see that I had a chemical predisposition towards anxiety. While hyper-vigilance probably kept me safe as a hunter-gatherer in a past life and successful as an athlete in this life, it ultimately prevented me from learning how to let go. My therapist and family members suggested medication, but I resisted it for a number of reasons. One, I was determined to “figure it out” all on my own. If I could run 10 miles in the rain, of I could cure my own anxiety!
Apr 7, 2017. barely sleeping, being hyper-creative, and starting a million projects I. my various mental illnesses with Zoloft—which increased in dosage. Hi Marie, I looked up Wellbutrin to see if it is a serotonin increasing drug but it isn’t so. It is an atypical antidepressant that in a norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor–blocks dopamine and norepinephrine and indirectly has an extremely small activity on the 5-HT3A serotonin receptor by negatively affecting it–meaning it actually reduces its activity.