"I Questioned Whether Or Not I Wanted To Be Alive Anymore": Greatest Ever Olympian Michael Phelps Reveals He Struggled With Depression

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Former Olympic star Michael Phelps opened up about his past struggles with anxiety and depression in a tweet

Written By Radhika Sarkar | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Former Olympic star Michael Phelps opened up about his past struggles with anxiety and depression in a tweet where he said that there was a time when he questioned 'if or not he wanted to be alive', before going on to say that 'therapy saved his life'. 

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The 23-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer, who first opened up on his battle in 2017, went into further detail about his struggles on social media and wrote, "I struggled with anxiety and depression and questioned whether or not I wanted to be alive anymore. It was when I hit this low that I decided to reach out and ask for the help of a licensed therapist. This decision ultimately helped save my life. You don’t have to wait for things" 

This came in conjunction with another tweet where he announced that he would be partnering with Talkspace for a Mental Health Awareness Month. "to get this bad to reach out. To get started with Talkspace, use code 50Michael for $50 off your first month of therapy.", it read. 

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Phelps was arrested in 2014 for a DUI and was hit with a six-month suspension from US Swimming. He told the 'Today' show in 2017 that he 'had at least half a dozen' depression spells that he went through and after the one in 2014, 'didn’t want to be alive.'

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