Swimmer Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian in history. Yet, he has fought his share of battles with depression and other mental health issues just like many of today’s youth.
In a new documentary about anxiety and its impact on kids, Phelps opens up about experiencing low self-worth when he was younger, even while he was racking up swimming medals and accolades.
“I just didn’t like who I was. If something was bothering me that would start to come out, and I would start feeling angry or depressed or upset, I would almost ignore it,” he tells a young boy in the film, “Angst.” “So I would shove it even farther down so I wouldn’t have to deal with it, so I never had to talk about it.”