National Basketball Association star admits to mental health concerns

Bryan Strickland
March 8, 2018

Nor did most people outside of the organization. It's okay to ask for help.

"Athletes in general are taught to step outside of their comfort zone in order to get better and reach their peak performance and this is another act of doing that", said Ayala.

Love said he is now trying to be truthful with himself. This was new territory for me, and it was pretty confusing. "It was like my body was trying to say to me, 'You're about to die.' I ended up on the floor in the training room, lying on my back, trying to get enough air to breathe". It's like the playbook said - figure it out on your own, like everyone else around me always had. After all, how many of them had looked, or gotten, sick on a Friday or Saturday night since we arrived on campus? I'll deal with it later.

"So if you're reading this and you're having a hard time, no matter how big or small it seems to you, I want to remind you that you're not weird or different for sharing what you're going through", he wrote.

Love, who is now seeing a therapist, had another panic attack in January, according to a report from Joe Vardon of There's a toddler on the toilet and sometimes it's smarter to hang out in the bathroom and wait to be needed than try to begin another task. I want to share some of my thoughts about my panic attack and what's happened since. When one finally does, there's a twinge deep in my stomach as well.

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cavaliers All-Star Kevin Love has opened up about his panic attack this season and his struggles with mental health.

After recently alluding to depression in a cryptic tweet during the NBA's All-Star break, DeRozan spoke at length about his issues with the affliction in an interview with The Toronto Star. He used the letter to publicly explain the events of the day when he had his first panic attack.

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I was winded within the first few possessions.

I know it from experience. It was quite the opposite.

"I had buried those emotions since her passing and said to myself, I have to focus on basketball". I wrote a sample and to my astonishment it was posted only a day later. It was a Pacers-Knicks game - early on I must have written a thousand pieces on IN - and afterward I caught up with Chris IN Manhattan for the first time. We may think that athletes don't suffer from everyday issues, but money doesn't change the human psyche.

Call it a stigma or call it fear or insecurity - you can call it a number of things - but what I was anxious about wasn't just my own inner struggles but how hard it was to talk about them. "Since that day, nearly everything about the way I think about my mental health has changed". Not even 24 hours after he shared the essay on his Twitter page, the article had been retweeted more than 33,000 times and liked more than 80,000 times. It's part of life.

"Looking back now I know I could have really benefited from having someone to talk to over the years", Love wrote. In a show of force against the social pressures all men face Love, too, made a decision to speak out publicly. Get through it on your own.

Despite being in a much better place now than I was when anxiety entered my life, I still carry an amount of shame that I'm not sure will leave. So, I think it's great.

"By that point, I was freaking out", Love continued. Love and DeRozan are the epitome of stereotypical male strength.

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