It’s refreshing to see that
He recounted to a hushed audience how he hit an all-time low after 2012, retreating to his bedroom for “three to five days” and barely eating or sleeping (below):
“I didn’t want to be in the sport anymore … I didn’t want to be alive anymore.”
It was at that point that Phelps realized finally that he needed help.
He sought counseling, stress management programs, and more — and he finally confronted his depression head-on.
And now, he’s glad he did it, and he’s glad that he overcame the stigma of talking about mental health.
“I was very good at compartmentalizing things and stuffing things away that I didn’t want to talk about, I didn’t want to deal with, I didn’t want to bring up — I just never ever wanted to see those things. … [Mental health] has a stigma around it and that’s something we still deal with every day. I think people actually finally understand it is real. People are talking about it and I think this is the only way that it can change. That’s the reason why suicide rates are going up — people are afraid to talk and open up. Those moments and those feelings and those emotions for me are light years better than winning the Olympic gold medal. I am extremely thankful that I did not take my life.”
Amen to ALL of that!
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