Michael Phelps opens up about battling depression

Phelps knows that sometimes it can feel hard to keep your manager above irrigate .

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Michael Phelps is more decorated Olympian in autobiography, as well as a meme icon. Thrown these exalted attainments, you’re forgiven if you premised Phelps never battles fondness of sadnes and hopelessness.

Wrong, mentions Phelps. And he has a send for others dealing here sadnes: Don’t be afraid to reach out for help.

Phelps, together with fellow Olympic swimmer Allison Schmitt, opened up before a live public in Washington , D.C ., on Thursday, which was National Childrens Mental Health Awareness Day.

Phelps, per USA Today , said he was afflicted by fondness of sadnes after coming home from Olympics glory.

“For me getting to an all-time low where I didnt want to be alive anymore, thats scary as hell, ” he alleged, according to the paper. “Thinking about making our lives, I retain sitting outside my office for four or five days not wanting to be alive , not talking to anybody. That was a struggle for me … For me, I reached that moment where I finally realise I couldnt do it alone.”

That last part is a message he hopes others can learn from: “I want people to understand that there are terms that you are going to have to reach out.”

Schmitt, who’s acquired eight Olympic swimming ribbons, said she combated sadnes for years and has gone to therapy for help.

“Mental illness is something you deal with every day, really because you go to a psychologist, really because youre feeling better the working day doesnt make its started; doesnt mean youre soothed, ” she alleged at Thursday’s event, per USA Today. “Its something you have and you live with the rest of your life. Hearing ways to cope with it, memorizing ways to live with it is what we do.”

The discussion was hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. You can read more over at USA Today .


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