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06 November 2014 In Blog

Sunday Brunch,channel four,chatting to Dr.Steve Peters, 21st September 2014

Dr steve Peters has worked with many high level elite athletes such as Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton, Ronnie o'Sullivan and the England football team.

It was mentioned by Dr.PetersĀ  that we can feel flat and clinically depressed after great achievement, not just elite sports people but professional people such as newly qualified Doctors. This is not an easy or comfortable subject for many of us to discuss as there is still stigma attached to a perceived unwell mind, particularly in this world of strong athletic role-models who we normally see at the peak of their career and we never really see at their most vulnerable. Steve talked about helping up to 20 members of the Beijing 2008 Olympic team (athletes and staff) after the Olympics who felt they had clinical depression.

I can talk from firsthand experience as an Olympic swimmer when I will admit to anyone now (maybe not 15 years ago when I retired from the sport) that I suffered depression, anxiety, sadness, almost a sense of bereavement for many years. Particularly as my life from the age of 13-30 years old was all about elite level performance in swimming and being judged by your performance in the pool both personally and by the media.

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