Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton says bipolar disorder drove her to prostitution: ‘Sex was the biggest high to fuel my mania’ BY Meg Wagner NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 12:06 PM John Bazemore/AP Track star-turned-call girl Suzy Favor Hamilton said her undiagnosed bipolar disorder led her to work in a Las Vegas prostitute. Bipolar disorder turned a three-time Olympian into a $600-an-hour Las Vegas prostitute on the verge of suicide. "My bipolar was driven toward sex. It could have been driven towards drugs and alcohol, or gambling. I found sex was the biggest high to fuel my mania, which is common with bipolar people," track and field star Suzy Favor Hamilton told People Magazine. Hamilton said her mental health issues led her to work as an escort — and her 2012 arrest drove her to contemplate suicide. The 47-year-old opened up about her history of mental health problems in her new book, "Fast Girl," due out on Sept. 14. The runner — who competed in the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games — said she first started having suicidal thoughts in 2005, just after the birth of her daughter. As she wrestled postpartum depression, she kept going for her new baby girl, she said. "Driving home (one night), I prepared to drive my car into a tree. I accelerated faster. But I was getting closer to home where my sweet baby girl was waiting. You have to stay alive for her," she said. Michael Sears/AP Hamilton said she contemplated suicide after her double life was revealed. Hamilton, whose bipolar disorder had not yet been diagnosed, eventually found her release in sex. She started working in Las Vegas as a high-end prostitute in order to fuel her cravings. The star athlete's secret life was revealed in a 2012 Smoking Gun article. The exposé humiliated the athlete. "The next morning, my darkest thoughts were on a loop: I had shamed my parents, my husband, our family. It would be better if I were dead," she told People. But the rock-bottom moment forced her to seek help she said. She started seeing medical health experts and taking medication for bipolar disorder.