Talkback: Depression: a triathlete's experience

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14/04/2016 at 18:34
A great article and its fantastic to see people writing about their experiences and trying to crack the stigma on mental health issues.
17/04/2016 at 22:41
Thank you for sharing your experience Tim, we need more people, esp men, talking about their depression. I have been living with depression for 16yrs, I also get rapid mood cycles to add to the fun. From speaking to others Iv found everyone's depression is individual and you have to learn the intricacies of yours to try and control it. I have returned to training this year after a long lay off and it is a huge help, but it's only part of the solution, friends/family, talking therapy, CBT, even medication can all help.
07/10/2016 at 00:21
Yep. This is me. People assume endurance athletes are exempt from this. More often than not this is a coping strategy. It's so difficult to understand anxiety and depression unless you have experienced it first hand.
07/10/2016 at 06:36

I guess I'm lucky - my depression is on the mild end of the scale. I do have my down days and I have my coping strategies, but having taken to triathlon 2 years ago I have fewer mood "crashes" and each tri I complete, each training goal I reach gives me a little boost.  

Triathlon has made me a happier, healthier person and I'm grateful for it but like most people in my position I'm not ready to publically share the fact I have depression, especially in a work situation.

12/03/2017 at 14:08
Thank you for being brace enough to share your experience. As you know, you are NOT alone, and I'm sure this article will help others struggling with depression. I hope it will also help destroy the myth that going for a run will somehow cure depression. Thank you. xxx
08/05/2017 at 11:57
Thank you so much for sharing; I recognise my own experience in so much of what you write, particularly the dilemma of needing to name depression to begin to overcome it, yet knowing that naming it somehow increases its power...
So good to read someone who acknowledges that sport - and specifically triathlon - is a mixed blessing. I am so weary of the macho men and women saying things like "Just get out out on your bike; all your troubles will blow away!" If only...
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