The American swimmer Michael Phelps said he lived periods of depression in which he stayed up to three days locked in his room.
The American, Michael Phelps, the best swimmer in history, revealed that he has suffered serious depressive episodes during his career, which led him to even think about suicide after the Olympic Games in London-2012.
” After every Olympiad, I think I had a period of depression ,” Phelps said at a conference this week in Chicago, Illinois.
The most successful athlete in Olympic history, who finished his career after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
” I did not want to swim anymore, I did not even want to live anymore … Then I thought about suicide, “ explained Phelps, who, after the 2012 Olympics, retired to return two years later.
” I’ve never been so bad, I’ve been locked in my room for three or five days, without eating, barely sleeping, not wanting to live, “ said the swimmer with 23 Olympic titles.
His first post-Olympic depression was after the Athens-2004 Olympic Games, where he won six gold medals.
Four years later, after breaking the record of his compatriot Mark Spitz by winning eight titles at the Olympic Games in Beijing, he took refuge in alcohol and saw a photo that went around the world showing him smoking a cannabis pipe .
“It was to try to escape the problems I had to deal with,” said Phelps, who became a father in 2016 and married a former Miss California.