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Caeleb Dressel on mental health struggles
|Duration||10 Minutes 43 Seconds|
|Description||Interview published Apr 2022. Seven-time Olympic gold medalist Caeleb Dressel candidly discusses the emotional obstacles that come with the territory when a fanbase and country place their lofty expectations on an individual. Caeleb remembers the immense pressures prompting panic attacks and even dark depression, which trapped him in his bedroom for months at a time. He goes on to share some of the tools that helped him recover, including an emphasis on patience and a reliance on his inner circle. We also hear from some of those in Caeleb’s inner circle, including his wife Meghan, mom Christina, dad Michael and former coach Gregg Troy. Timeline: 0:00 First experiencing societal pressure in high school; 1:00 Panic attacks while swimming; 1:55 A depressive episode in high school; 3:34 The tools that helped Caeleb cope; 4:27 University of Florida’s patience; 5:08 A harder crash after the Tokyo Olympics; 7:33 Leaving the ISL meet early; 9:19 Impacts on Caeleb and Meghan’s marriage; 9:50 “I needed the time I took off.”|