Aussie swimmer Thorpe reveals years of crippling depression


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A brave thing to do. I applaud Ian Thorpe for his decision to share his story. Mental health issues affect as many as 1 in 4 people in their life and yet we still treat it as something that should be dealt with behind closed doors, in private, away from everyone else. It gets trivialized and pooh - poohed and sometimes, like on this board, people who lose their battle with mental illness are called selfish and inconsiderate.

And it's that attitude that contributes to people like Ian Thorpe not even telling his family or close friends what he goes through, which is a terrible indictment on how we collectively treat mental illness. It has to change.

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Hear hear to that Tamarama.

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Best wishes and full respect to the mighty Thorpedo. Still the best Aussie athlete I have ever seen compete - and I've seen some breathtakingly great ones. I would never have imagined Ian was suffering from this awful illness. I hope his revelation helps a few kids out there battling depression, knowing they are not the only one suffering.

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