Ian Thorpe, a five-time Olympic gold medallist has recently been admitted to rehab for treatment of depression. It's important to report when celebrities admit to their depression and anxiety. It makes us realize we are far from alone in this internal fight. In addition, it makes us realize having money and fame doesn't necessarily make it any easier. Lastly, if these celebrities can admit to their depression to millions of fans, why can't we admit it to ourselves?
Ian Thorpe was taken to Bankstown Hospital after the swimmer was found lost in a residential neighborhood in Sydney where his parents live. Residents of this area called police after Thorpe tried to get into a car that didn't belong to him.
There was no alcohol in his system. Instead, a blood test revealed Thorpe had antidepressants in his system as well as painkillers for a shoulder operation he had the previous week. Not much of this is news since Thorpe had previously wrote about his depression struggles in a 2012 autobiography.
Watch the embedded video in which Ian Thorpe reveals his struggles with severe depression, gossip around his sexuality, and Olympic qualification.