Love explains that he first experienced a panic attack during a November 5th game against the Atlanta Hawks earlier this season, shortly after a conversation on the bench with head coach Tyronn Lue.
The Cavaliers forward detailed how he had his first panic attack when Cleveland faced the Atlanta Hawks in the National Basketball Association on November 5 previous year.
A former high school phenom and star at USC, DeRozan is admittedly quiet, but he wanted to open up about his issues with depression because he hopes to fight the stigma surrounding mental health issues. But I was certain about one thing: I couldn't bury what had happened and try to move forward. Doing my own research, I realized that Love likely was keeping his issues under wraps because they were serious.
"It came out of nowhere". I just never thought it was for me. "Since that day, nearly everything about the way I think about my mental health has changed".
On Tuesday morning, The Players' Tribune released an article written by Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kevin Love.
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There would have had to be a good meeting on Love's part because - although fans and a lot of media members would have you believe otherwise - walking out on your team and not showing up to practice the next day is a problem if nobody that actually plays for the team knows what's going on. It's like the playbook said - figure it out on your own, like everyone else around me always had. It was much harder to share personal stuff, and looking back now I know I could have really benefited from having someone to talk to over the years. Love then reportedly came clean about his panic attacks.
Kevin Love wants everyone to know it is okay to seek help. He made an early exit and was admitted into the hospital for what Love considers to be a "mental health" problem. Nor did most people outside of the organization.
"I want to make it clear that I don't have things figured out about all of this", he added.
The 29-year-old said he couldn't stop thinking about it and was afraid people would find out. I'm healthy. I play basketball for a living.
According to the American Psychological Association, around one out of every 75 people might experience panic disorder, for which the hallmark symptom is panic attacks. Love is now sidelined with a broken left hand. There is no "guys like me" or "guys like [X] don't struggle with these things". But I didn't share - not to my family, not to my best friends, not in public. On the court, I think the expectations for the season, combined with our 4-5 start, were weighing on me.