Olympic Hero/Swimmer Michael Phelps Talks About Struggling With Depression And Contemplating Suicide
“I was so down on myself. I didn’t have any self-love, and quite honestly I just didn’t want to be alive.” @MichaelPhelps talks about the difficult time in his life in Oct. 2014 pic.twitter.com/ky2gXOXHev
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 25, 2018
You would think someone like Michael Phelps would feel like a freaking superhero. The dude is a legit fish in the water and has won 23 gold medals for swimming. In 2008 during the Summer Olympics, he broke a record by winning eight gold medals.
He’s an Olympic legend, but he’s also human. During an interview on the ‘Today’ show, the 33-year-old athlete talked about his struggles with depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.
Phelps said he basically hit rock bottom in October 2014 after he was arrested a second time for drunk driving…
“For me, I was so down on myself. I didn’t have any self-love and quite honestly, I just didn’t want to be alive. It was a really, really, really crazy time for me and I didn’t want to see anybody. I saw myself as letting so many people down — and my, myself, in particular. That’s hard to carry.
Over those three or four days where I didn’t want to leave my room and I didn’t want to talk to anybody, I finally realized that I can ask for help and it’s OK not to be OK.”
So he asked for help for the first time in his career. He finally realized that he can’t do it all on his own. He said he was basically on his knees crying for help.
And now that he’s feeling more like himself, he’s fighting hard to make sure everyone knows there is no shame in getting help. Sometimes being strong is letting someone else be strong for you.
Talking to a therapist has helped him tremendously, and he’s trying to make it easier for everyone to get the help they need. He’s a shareholder and member of the advisory board for TalkSpace, an online form of therapy that sets up customers with licensed therapists.
“There are so many people who struggle from very similar things that I go through and still go through. … At times, it was a little scary and challenging to go through, but I found a way to get through it and I’m addressing these issues that I have.”
Don’t be afraid to get help! Don’t hold all that sh*t inside!