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Legendary Olympic Champion Michael Phelps Reveals He Almost Committed Suicide, But He Overcame The Depression And Is Ready To Help Others

Date April 23, 2018

When people think about Michael Phelps, they probably imagine him standing victorious on the top of an Olympic podium holding a gold medal and smiling to the cameras.

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Being the most successful and the most decorated Olympian swimmer of all time, he is on the top of the world polishing his 28 medals, 23 of which are gold.

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But not many know about the dark side of the golden medal. All those victories didn’t do much to raise the blinds of depression hanging over his life.

The legendary swimmer reveals how bad post-Olympic depression can affect athletes:

There was one point, I didn't want to be alive. You know, as Olympians, you set four years to build up to this moment. And then, after it's over, you're kind of lost in a way. You don't really know what to do. You don't know where to go. You don't know who to talk to. And a lot of us do suffer from depression.

At one point, after the 2012 Games, it got so bad that Phelps even checked how many sleeping pills he had left in his Ambien prescription. He admits if there had been more than one left, who knows how it all might have ended.

I think it's something that nobody's really talked about in the past because we're supposed to be this big, macho, strong person that has no weaknesses. You know, we're supposed to be perfect. And for me, I carried it along for so long and never really talked about it... part of that was probably just a fear of rejection.

But the legendary swimmer decided to stop his silent suffering and before the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, he opened up about his mental health problems and decided to get help. Since then, Phelps says his life has gotten easier.

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But he didn’t stop on that. The Olympian champion toured around the country speaking about what he went through in the hope he can help others with similar problems.

For me to be able to go through that, if I can save one life, two lives, a hundred lives, that's way better than winning a gold medal.

Now, 32-year-old Michael is retired and says he doesn’t miss the competition at all.

He’s a mentor and advisor to other athletes and a loving father to the one-year-old Boomer Robert Phelps, who he shares with his wife Nicole Johnson.

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