Rehab for Ian Thorpe?

by Kindsey on February 3, 2014 - 1:23pm

Early morning, February 3rd, Ian Thorpe, the Australian Olympic swimmer, was found trying to break into a van. In the article “Olympic champion Ian Thorpe in rehab after being detained by police” by The Associated Press (published February 3rd, 2014), it is learnt that this famous swimmer was under the influence of antidepressants and painkillers. This led him to be disoriented enough to believe that he was trying to get into his friend’s van. The police was called on site by the owner of the van and after realizing whom the man at fault was, they simply brought him to the hospital. It is believed that he is now in rehab. However, this is unclear if it’s true or not. James Erskine, chairman of Sports & Entertainment Limited (SEL), says that Thorpe “is in rehab for depression” while others from Thorpe’s management company, SEL, state that Thorpe was only in the hospital for his redundant shoulder injury.

                The number of Olympic athletes who suffer from depression is increasing and not much is done about it. Certainly, the athletes want to continue to compete as long as they can, but depression is an illness that should not be taken lightly. As soon as signs for depression show up, for example unexplained fatigue, athletes and any other person should visit the doctor. Right now, antidepressants are mostly the only thing you can do and some employers will give you six months off to recover. However, this is not enough in all cases. We need to find a solution to depression, but the first thing though is to believe that this is a real illness and not something that’s in your head. 

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