The world of swimming in the United States has a major concern in recent times. That restlessness has its own name: Michael Phelps. But who suffers the most is undoubtedly the family of the American swimmer, the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals. Phelps has been suffering from a serious depression for a long time and his wife, Nicole, has opened up about this matter showing her concern and her fear of losing him.
The delicate mental health of her husband worries the mother of her children, and it is that even his own Phelps He has publicly admitted that he believes that he will never finish cured of that depression: “I am someone who has gone through at least three or four periods of severe depression after the Olympics, and I put my life in danger. Nicole also suffers by his side and acknowledges that the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the swimmer’s problems: “Michael is the most amazing father and partner I could have asked for.”
“I used to think, ‘Oh, I can fix it. I can be your therapist. I can be what he needs. ‘ But what I’ve learned is that you can’t take responsibility for how they feel, no matter how much you want it. We want Boomer (son) to understand that it is not about him, it is about Michael ”, added Nicole, who already accepts that she cannot take that suffering away from her husband. Nicole Phelps also admits that she is afraid of losing her partner: “After Vanessa Bryant lost Kobe, all I could do was look at Michael and say: ‘We can help you? Because if I lose you, I don’t know what I’m going to do ‘», explains to ‘Today’.
Phelps also talks about the subject
Michael Phelps has also opened up about his illness publicly through a letter sent to ESPN: “I’ve had some terrifying ups and downs. This disease never goes away. It gives you good days and bad days. It does not reach a final goal. I have explained it many times. The story has always been the same: you have said that Michael Phelps has had depression, he has overcome it after undergoing treatment, he has collected a range of Olympic golds in Rio and now everything will be perfect. I wish it were true (…) It is not. To believe that is to fall into ignorance. Someone who does not understand what a person suffering from anxiety or depression is facing has no idea… ”.
“The pandemic is a challenge that I never thought I would face. All the uncertainty. Being locked in a house. And all the questions. When will it end? Am I doing the right thing? I am used to traveling, competing, dealing with people (…) Now my emotions surround me. I am always hanging by a thread. Always on the defensive. I jump very easily ”, he concluded.