An Australian Olympic medallist has candidly opened up about his harrowing struggles with 'life threatening' anxiety and depression in the lead up to the Tokyo Olympics.
Zac Incerti has returned home with his swimming teammates after Australia's best ever Olympics in the pool, where he won two bronze medals in the 4x 100 and 200 freestyle relays.
He used his first day in quarantine at Howard Springs to share a candid and poignant account of his mental health battles in recent years with a heartfelt message of support to anyone currently in a dark place.
The West Australian, 25, is among a host of Olympians who have spoken out about their inner demons, including swimmer Caleb Dressel and gymnast Simone Biles from the US, Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka and Great Britain gold medallist Adam Peaty.
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Olympic medallist Zac Incerti (pictured) has opened up about his inner dark demons
Incerti began the lengthy post by describing his first anxiety attack in December 2018.
'Like a lot of people it very much rocked me to my core,' he wrote.
'I think of everything that followed that attack to the lowest of depression, to more and more attacks and thinking I shouldn't tell people about it or everything was really fine and that people won't know what to say if I tell them what I was really going through.'
A year ago, Incerti filmed himself reading out a letter to anxiety and depression in a desperate bid to improve his 'life-threatening' mental health and overcome his inner demons.
He shared his video to Instagram and was inundated with support afterwards, which he remains grateful for to this day.
'Thinking about the overwhelming support I got for that and still do to this day and just thinking wow to be here today being able to tell people I'm an Australian Olympian is honestly unbelievable and it's something I don't take lightly and something that will stay with me forever,' Incerti continued.
Zac Inserti (second right) overcame 'life threatening' mental health struggles to be on the medal podium in Tokyo last week
The brutally frank video letter shared in June last year coincided with Men's Mental Health Week at the time.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'I never really