Michael Phelps on mental problems: "I suffered from post-Olympic depression"

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Michael Phelps on mental problems: "I suffered from post-Olympic depression"

Michael Phelps is perhaps the biggest name in the world of Olympic sports. 28 medals, 23 of which are gold, are a success that few will repeat. However, not everything was so great in the life of Michael Phelps. In an interview with Olympics, Phelps spoke openly about the mental problems he faced, but also the motivation and work that brought him to the top.

"We've seen how many people are struggling from similar things that I've struggled from or Simone Bile struggles from." “I think it's important to have a dream because that's what's going to drive you.

That's what's going to help you. It's going to motivate you to get out of bed every single day,” said Phelps, as quoted by olympics “I had these dreams of being an Olympic swimmer, a world record holder”.

When no one believed in him, Phelps believed in himself “Growing up, people thought I was crazy wanting to do something different in the sport, do something that nobody else has ever done in the sport but I was excited,” Phelps said.

“So, I would say, don't be afraid to dream as big as you possibly can. I mean, absolutely as big as you can”. The fact that Phelps said in the following lines is amazing “We went five or six years without missing a single day.

365 days. No days off, no birthday, no Christmas. We were in the water every single day,” Phelps explained. “I was willing to do anything, anything it took to have that chance”.

Michael Phelps mental problems

He first began to feel mental problems in 2004 “I know that my road and my path to get to where I am today wasn’t easy,” he admitted.

“I had some roadblocks in my way that I had to learn how to figure out, to get around or how to climb over them”. “I can go back to 2004 and say that was when I first experienced it,” Phelps said. “That was the first time I came across depression coming back from the 2004 Olympic Games.

I suffered from post-Olympic depression pretty bad”.
But it was precisely such mental problems that helped him understand who he was and what he was, and what he wanted “That was when I was finally able to really see that this is who I am and it's a part of me and it's not going to go away.

So, I need to learn more about it. I need to learn why I work how I work, why I am how I am,” he explained. “I was able to dive into some things that I had been stuffing down inside, kind of compartmentalizing and not wanting to address and acknowledge.

I think at that point I was really able and ready to grow and learn”. Today he tries to help people with the same problems “Hopefully, I can save a life. I can help somebody else because I know that the feelings that I have, I had, what I go through every single day, every single week, every single month. I know I'm not alone and I understand that for me it's OK to not be OK,” he said.