IT’S GOOD TO TALK, URGES OLYMPIAN
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.”