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Phelps discusses depression and suicidal thoughts

Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian ever, but beneath the surface, anxiety and depression were crippling him. Now, he's speaking out to raise awareness.

02/09/2018 1:59 PMupdated: 02/28/2020 7:49 PM
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  • Mija D.
    10/09/2018 16:42

    ❤️

  • Larry T.
    06/23/2018 00:12

    I've had intense anxiety my whole life. I just thought I was weird (and so did everyone else) and I found relief with alcohol. AA and mental therapy followed. It wasn't until I was treated with medicines that my need to self medicate vanished because the anxiety was under control. There is a name for this disease but I won't repeat it here because I think the term minimizes the impact the disease has. My point is this. The philosophy and therapy was not wasted but I wish I had been treated medically first. I wish I had been treated medically when I was young because my whole life would have been a whole lot different. If you have the stomach for it, check out the plethora of hateful comments that have been made toward Michael after his post. A lot of the stigma comes from terror. People are terrified that they may not be in complete control of ones own mind. Also, it simplifies the concept of accountability. Simplicity is comfort food for closed minds.

  • Nancy B.
    06/09/2018 13:41

    Michael, as a Therapist myself, I so appreciate your honesty and willingness to talk about your experience with depression/anxiety. Sharing your experience openly will be so helpful to people who are suffering and are apprehensive to seek help. Thanks you for your courage. Best Wishes to you.

  • Linda O.
    06/08/2018 23:28

    Awesome. You are changing the world with men sharing and getting help!!!

  • Émile B.
    04/23/2018 22:45

    ca c encore plus champion que des médailles olympiques

  • Arjun R.
    04/23/2018 18:45

    mad

  • Roxane L.
    04/22/2018 10:28

    I didn’t know about him

  • Tyrell C.
    04/22/2018 06:19

    I’ve been there it sucks.. gotta keep going for your kids and those that love you

  • Odalyss M.
    04/22/2018 03:13

    💖💖💖💖

  • Paul W.
    04/21/2018 22:47

    Problem is nobody cares, your long term friends it’s a hindrance, those you reach out or lash out just don’t wanna care - that’s the realism of mental health - yours michael is just the start

  • Branka R.
    04/21/2018 21:42

    Water man 😍🏊💧💧💧🔝I❤ you

  • Jaqueline R.
    04/21/2018 17:30

    Son simplemente hombres con sus sentimientos y capacidad mental puede menguar dejen de añadirles cargas

  • Prince N.
    04/21/2018 13:48

    The greatest

  • Raju M.
    04/21/2018 06:01

    God bless you Wrangler

  • Daad S.
    04/20/2018 19:04

    😨❤️❤️

  • Amine B.
    04/20/2018 08:36

    يا زح هاد الفديو راني شايفو كثر من يما أخطونا

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    04/19/2018 19:57

    thought you might like this

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    04/19/2018 06:29

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  • Bartosz B.
    04/18/2018 19:46

    to o nas

  • Eddy J.
    04/18/2018 12:23

    De otro planeta.