The 23-time Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps has admitted that the coronavirus pandemic is affecting his mental health. The American, who in the past has acknowledged his problems with depression confessed to feeling "overwhelmed" and explained that being confined during the health crisis has been a real struggle for him.
" The pandemic has been a challenge that I never expected ”, it was vented in an article in ESPN :“ All the uncertainty. Being locked up in a house. And the questions. Many questions. When is it going to end? What will life be like when this is over? Am I trying my best to be safe? Is my family safe? It drives me crazy. I am used to traveling, competing, meeting people. This is just insanity. My emotions are everywhere. I am always on the edge. I am always on the defensive. ”
Phelps also acknowledged that he has argued with his wife during the confinement and that he has sometimes felt“ useless ”. " This is the most overwhelming thing I've ever felt in my life . So I have times when I don't want to be me. I wish I could be 'Johnny Johnson', a random person, "he added.
" The thing is, people who live with mental health problems know this, they never go away. ", said. « You have good and bad days. But there is never a finish line . I did so many interviews after the Games where the story was the same: Michael Phelps talked about depression, entered a treatment program, won gold at his last Olympics, and is better now. I wish that was the truth. "
Phelps, 34, said that his wife Nicole and their three children help him deal with his mental health:" There are moments, those moments when I am trapped in My own head, I don't think it can get any worse, and Boomer, my four-year-old son, comes up to me, hugs me, and just says he loves me. It is literally the greatest thing in the world. ”
“ Not long ago I had a talk at a major global mental health company, ”recalls Phelps. “After the speech there was a question and answer session and a younger boy got up in front of the whole group and started talking about his problems. I think about that moment sometimes. The courage he had to rise up in front of all his coworkers and admit his challenges. It shows that we are finally reaching a point where it is understood that mental health struggles are real . It is serious, life or death. "
" There is nothing to hide. Nothing left to fear. The fight is only against yourself. Think about it the next time someone asks that simple question: 'How are you?' "He settled.