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  • Fast Girl

  • A Life Spent Running from Madness
  • By: Suzy Favor Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Suzy Favor Hamilton, Nan McNamara
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504

The former middle-distance Olympic runner and high-end escort speaks out for the first time about her battle with mental illness and how mania controlled and compelled her in competition but also in life. This is a heartbreakingly honest yet hopeful memoir reminiscent of Manic, Electroboy, and An Unquiet Mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Accurate Explanation of Bi-Polar Disorder

  • By Julia on 08-03-17

The hidden agony of an athlete

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-16



An excellent narration of the untreated anxiety, its effect on the performance
Of a professional runner, challenges with a family member with bipolar disorder, how lack of boundaries In a relationship can eventually make it uncontrollable, the effect
Of possible poor judgment or cognitive deficit related to mental illness which contributed to on risk taking behaviors.

I do not consider her story a typical bipolar disorder.
I would prefer the book unquiet
Mind to better illustrate bipolar disorder. Typically the patients with manic episodes may have a distinct episode of hypersexuality, but not a continuous one.

Ideally she should have stopped her real state job, public activities , motivational speaker position, grants, contracts, and acting like a role model for the youth before making a decision to go to the escort life. That might have saved her and family to some extent.

Unfortunately, in her culture, escorts are not respected and it was clear that she could not have continued the double life.

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