Mental disorders have become quite rampant in the 21st century, with one out of four people struggling with conditions such as depression and anxiety. According to a report by the World health organization, about 450 million people struggle with these conditions on a day to day basis making it one of the leading causes of suicide. The sad bit about it is that even though treatment is available, about two-thirds of the people struggling with mental disorders never seek help. It is for this reason that Michael Phelps, an Olympic gold medalist in swimming joined hands with Talkspace, a renowned online therapy company to help those struggling with mental disorders.
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His struggle with mental disorders
It is easy to think that people who have it all cannot suffer from conditions such as depression, but in reality, they are the most affected. Speaking during an interview, Phelps revealed that despite his tremendous success as an athlete in the swimming arena, he has had his dark moments during which he lost all will to live. For instance, at the age of 19, just after bagging six gold medals during the 2004 summer Olympics, Michael suffered depression after pictures of him smoking marijuana surfaced online resulting into his suspension. However, his darkest moments and biggest struggle with depression hit him in 2014 after he was arrested for drunk driving. What made it even harder for him is that he had just abandoned the idea of retiring to compete in Olympics only for him to get arrested, thus making it impossible for him to participate.
It is at this juncture that he realized all was not well and checked into an Arizona Rehab. Even though he is now recovered, he reveals that life is still not all rainbow and sunshine as he still has those days where a wave of depression hits him. It is for this reason that he believes helping those with mental disorders recover is more important and also why he has been working arm in arm with Talkspace.
As noted at the beginning, Talkspace is an online therapy company focused on helping those struggling with mental problems. Based in New York, the company is the brainchild of Oren and Roni Frank and the idea to establish it cropped up after the two went through couple of therapy experience that helped save their marriage from going down the drain.