Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps’ life has been filled with record-breaking success throughout the years. Yet, it has also been filled with days in which his own depression took over.
“From time to time, I’ll have bad days where I do go into a depression state,” Phelps says in an interview on the Today show on Thursday (Oct. 25.) “Being an athlete, you’re supposed to be strong and be able to push through anything. My struggles carried on through my career and I hid them well.”
Indeed, Phelps says his struggles even led him to consider suicide, especially at his lowest point in October of 2014 when he was arrested for drunk driving.
“For me, I was so down on myself. I didn’t have any self-love and quite honestly, I just didn’t want to be alive,” he told Today host Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie. “It was a really, really, really crazy time for me and I didn’t want to see anybody. I saw myself as letting so many people down — and my, myself, in particular. That’s hard to carry.”
Unfortunately, it’s a plight carried by millions who suffer from various forms of depression and anxiety issues.
“There are so many people who struggle from very similar things that I go through and still go through. … At times, it was a little scary and challenging to go through, but I found a way to get through it and I’m addressing these issues that I have.”