Caeleb Dressel on mental health: I felt so lost. I wanted to get away from the water



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Caeleb Dressel on mental health: I felt so lost. I wanted to get away from the water

In today's world of sports, more and more people are complaining about mental health. One of them is Swimmer Caeleb Dressel, who had a lot of mental health problems after the Tokyo Olympics. "(My mindset was), 'I need help with all this.

Yeah. I need to talk to people more. I need to just be honest,' " Dressel said in the interview, as quoted by USA Today. "I felt so lost. I wanted to get away from the water, but then that's also one of my safe places.

So it was, again, a rock and hard place. Yeah, it was a pretty miserable couple months." It is fascinating that Dressel won 5 gold medals, which is a success that few can achieve, but what is more fascinating is that Dressel was not happy with the result, which is also a fact that depressed him.

"And that's not fair to myself. That’s not fair at all," Dressel said to Bensinger. "Like, I just won five gold medals on the biggest world stage in sports, and I'm thinking about how I wish I would've gone faster in certain events."

Pressure and mental health

What has been talked about more and more lately is the pressure and mental health of athletes. It used to be a topic that was kept aside, but now it is working on raising awareness about the mental health of athletes.

"I just think the pressure built up," Dressel said. "And then when it comes up, it just so happens that that certain point is when everyone wants to be in your business and ask, 'how was the Games?' " However, Dressel is feeling much better now and is ready for the next challenges.

Of course, it will take a lot of work and effort. "We're vibing now," Dressel said to Bensinger about his mental health. "I needed the time I took off. It was longer than I would have thought, pre-Olympics."