Lisa Curry says this syndrome ruined her marriage. But is it even a real thing?

52-year-old Lisa Curry says she had ‘Rushing Woman’s Syndrome’.

Former Australian swimmer Lisa Curry has spoken to A Current Affair, and revealed why her marriage to ex-husband Ironman Grant Kenny broke down.

52-year-old Curry said on the program that she was misdiagnosed with depression – but that she actually had a different condition that put a strain on her marriage.

Curry told the current affairs program she had what is known as ‘Rushing Woman’s Syndrome’.

Curry told A Current Affair, “The Rushing Woman Syndrome is absolutely me. It’s been me for a long time… I didn’t want to seem like I was the only cow on earth, but it always felt like that to me.”

“I had days where I just felt completely out of control… I was angry, irritable, moody, cried for no reason, and wanted to kill the world.”

She told the program that it “created a lot of tension” in her marriage.

Curry and Grant Kenny were married in 1986, but split in 2009. They have three adult children from their marriage; Jett, Morgan and Jaimi.

Curry also apologised to men all over Australia, who may have suffered the effects of having a partner with Rushing Woman’s Syndrome.

“On behalf of me and all women in Australia, I want to say sorry to all the guys, cause they cop it, the men cop it, it’s the men that are closest in your life, and … they don’t even have to do anything, yet they can’t do anything right or wrong… in our eyes they’re the worst person in the world,” she told A Current Affair.

Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny Skyping their middle child together.

“Sorry guys, but I’m glad there’s a name for it now and I’m glad we’ve got a solution.”

Rushing Woman’s Syndrome was the topic of a book by a holistic nutrition specialist Dr Libby Weaver in 2009, and she spoke to Yahoo about the condition.


“Rushing Woman’s Syndrome has evolved out of my observation of a shift in women’s health and behaviour over the past 14 years,” Dr Weaver wrote.

“Never before in my work have I witnessed so many females in a mad rush to do everything and be all things to all people. Never before have I seen the extent of reproductive system problems that I now see. Women are wired. Many of them are tired too. Tired yet wired,” she said.

Dr Weaver also said the stress caused by ‘Rushing Woman’s Syndrome’ had health side effects, including “Sex hormone-based health problems such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, infertility and debilitating menopauses, not to mention exhaustion, adrenal fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, bloated tummies, and impaired thyroid function”.

But medical experts have cast doubt on whether such a condition actually exists.

Obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Brad Robinson, who has a Masters in Reproductive Medicine, told Mamamia that to the best of his knowledge “there is absolutely no rigorous, evidence-based clinical data that supports the existence of any such condition.”

“As an obstetrician and gynaecologist I work specifically in the area of women’s health. Never in my career have I heard such a diagnosis given to a patient – nor supported by – a medical practitioner,” he said.

“I can’t comment specifically on Lisa Curry as she is not my patient, but respectfully, a medical diagnosis given by a non-medical practitioner is not in fact, a medical diagnosis.”

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