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Thorpe reveals years of crippling depression




Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe. AFP PHOTO

SYDNEY — Five-time Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe says he’s spent much of his life battling “crippling depression”, occasionally considered suicide and often turned to heavy alcohol consumption to manage his moods.

In an extract of Thorpe’s upcoming book, “This is Me: The Autobiography,” published in Australian media Saturday, he said he had never spoken openly about his mental condition to friends or family.

Thorpe, 30, said while did not consider himself an alcoholic, he “used alcohol as a means to rid my head of terrible thoughts, as a way of managing my moods.” He said he was able to hide his drinking from sports psychologists and coaches, and at times considered suicide.

Thorpe came out of nearly six years of retirement last year, but failed to qualify for the London Olympics.


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  • http://twitter.com/verolee96 Vero Lee

    Many people are not brave enough to admit that they are depressed. Good for you Mr Thorpe.

  • Panch1t0

    Fame is poison in a wrong dose………….

  • just_anotherperson

    Depression comes not from having faults but from refusal to face them. There are tens of thousands of persons today suffering from fears which in reality are nothing but the effects of hidden sin. The examination of conscience will cure us of self- deception. It will also cure us of depression! — Bishop Fulton Sheen

    • PHtaxpayer

      Uh, while that may be true for some people, that is certainly not true for people with clinical depression which is a chemical imbalance in the brain and no amount of prayer or self-analysis will cure it.  They need professional medical help.  



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