Published December 05, 2012
A woman recently profiled in the media about her rare sexual disorder – a condition that caused her to be continuously sexually aroused – was found dead after taking her own life Saturday, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Gretchen Molannen, 39, struggled with persistent genital arousal disorder for 16 years. The disorder causes women to be physically aroused, but not psychologically – which some doctors believe to be caused by malfunctioning nerves.
According to the Times, deputies from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office responded to a suicide call at Molannen’s home in Spring Hill, Fla. late Saturday night. Officials did not provide any more details surrounding her death.
Molannen had a history with attempted suicide, having tried to take her own life three times during the past year. She had been so affected by her condition, she was unable to hold steady employment for the past decade. It wasn’t until 2007, when she watched another woman talking about the condition on an episode of 20/20, that she realized what she had.
The Times interviewed Molannen about her story in July and ran the finished article Friday. According to the paper, the Times tried to reach Molannen this past weekend to check on her, but was unable to contact her.