“I basically carried just about every negative emotion you can possibly carry along for 15, 20 years and I never talked about it. And I don’t know why that one day I decided to just open up. But since that day it’s just been so much easier to live and so much easier to enjoy life, and it’s something I’m very thankful for.”
Revealing his experience with anxiety and depression, Olympic gold medalist, Michael Phelps admits to a phase of losing his reasons why he wanted to live anymore. After every Olympics, the athlete confesses that he used to struggle fighting suicidal thoughts and suffered silently as he questioned his own worth and athletic prowess. Preceding the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, it was then that Michael had a shift in perspective and opened up about seeking help. Since then, he has toured to talk about the importance of mental health, encouraging others to speak more openly about depression, and incorporated stress management programs to the offerings of the Michael Phelps Foundation.