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Ian Thorpe opens up about depression

Posted by: Neil Mitchell Program | 2 November, 2012 - 2:33 PM

In his new autobiography Olympic Champion Ian Thorpe opens up about his struggle with depression which plagued him throughout his swimming career.

Thorpe says that writing the book was not an easy process but he wanted to do it honestly and wholeheartedly.

"I had the option to pull back, I never thought the chapter on depression I would include. I thought I would write it for myself and put it away under lock and key,"

"I realised in writing it, because of the rest of the book and the rest of the content, it was un underlying factor in so many other parts and the other chapters in the book that it need to be included" Thorpe told Neil Mitchell.

WATCH: Ian Thorpe opens up to Neil Mitchell

For help and information about depression contact Lifeline, 131 114, or www.lifeline.org.au; beyondblue, 1300 224 636, or www.beyondblue.org.au.

LISTEN HERE: (Full interview) Ian Thorpe chats with Neil Mitchell

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