Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE DID YOU -

US swim­mer Michael Phelps — who dur­ing his ca­reer won a spec­tac­u­lar 28 medals, 23 of them gold — said that help­ing other peo­ple with de­pres­sion has been more re­ward­ing than his suc­cess in the pool.

In an in­spi­ra­tional mes­sage, the re­tired ath­lete urged any­one who is feel­ing very down to seek help.

At the peak of his Olympic ca­reer, Phelps (32) was very de­pressed, and af­ter sev­eral days iso­lated in his room, he ad­mit­ted he had a prob­lem and needed help. That led to a trans­for­ma­tion and saved his life, he said.

Phelps said he wants to tell peo­ple about his bat­tle with de­pres­sion in the hope that it will en­cour­age oth­ers with the con­di­tion to seek help.

Learn­ing he helped some­one is the best feel­ing, he said, adding: “Those mo­ments and those feel­ings and those emo­tions for me are light years bet­ter than ever win­ning.”

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