Michael Phelps discusses mental health challenges of Olympic athletes
You can watch the full interview on the NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.
I think it's safe to say that 75%, maybe more athletes come back with a let down no matter how their Olympics goes, because you're on this high for four years, working, working, working, working, working, you get to the end and then you're like, what do I do? Where do I go? Who am I? That's a big question that a lot of people I think have a hard time asking themselves for me. I didn't know what my identity was. I saw myself strictly as a swimmer and that was it, not a human being. And that's hard. It's hard to not like looking at yourself in the mirror, like seeing who, who is looking back.