NBA -- Anxiety and Panic Attacks
"On November 5th, right after halftime against the Hawks, I had a panic attack.
It came out of nowhere. I’d never had one before. I didn’t even know if they were real. But it was real — as real as a broken hand or a sprained ankle. Since that day, almost everything about the way I think about my mental health has changed."
MLB -- Depression and Anxiety
"For the first time, baseball was no longer an outlet for me. It wasn’t helping me forget those things; it was actually making things worse. The expectations I had for myself, and the pressure I was putting on myself… it just got harder and harder. As much as I love the game, I needed to get away from it and take a breather. I needed to clear my mind and fix myself."
NBA -- Depression
“It’s one of them things that no matter how indestructible we look like we are, we’re all human at the end of the day. We all got feelings . . . all of that. Sometimes . . . it gets the best of you, where times everything in the whole world’s on top of you.”
NHL -- Depression, Anxiety, and Substance Abuse
"Whenever things get really bad, and I find myself thinking about death, it’s always in the context of release. Escaping the pain. And no longer being around to make the lives of those I love miserable. The idea of dying as a way out. And even though I definitely wouldn’t say death has been something that I’ve wanted — that I actually wanted to die — at the same time, when I’d hit those low points, it was like … I didn’t exactly not want it, either. In a lot of ways, as things got worse for me, death started to seem not so bad."
NFL -- Injury, Depression, Anxiety, and Alcoholism
"I think that’s why during the 2012 season, when I was sidelined with the knee injury, something inside me started to change.
Without football, I was lost. I didn’t know who I was. I had no sense of self."
Track and Field -- Depression
"Because most of the time all we need is ONE person to say, “You know what? That IS f**ked up” to make us feel less alone and fill us with hope. THAT you’re listening isn’t nearly as important as HOW you’re listening. I hope you’re listening."
NBA -- Anxiety, Paranoia, Delusions, and Hallucinations
"A lot of this was a blur, almost like a bad dream, because I was having paranoid delusions and hallucinations. But at one point I remember thinking very clearly:
How in the world did you get here? You.
You, who came from nothing.
You, who made it to the very top of your field. The NBA star. The American dream.
You are trapped in a nightmare. You are a caged animal now. I broke down weeping, and I asked God to help me."
NFL -- Suicide and Depression
"I wanted to die. I know it’s shocking to hear, but these are thoughts I’ve been living with for 20-something years. And sometimes, I mean, you realize … you think death’s gotta be easy ’cause life is hard. So that’s why I’m not speaking about the depression. That’s why I make music."
NHL -- Suicide, Depression, Anxiety, Substance Abuse, OCD, PTSD
"Day to day, I was getting to a point where I couldn’t even function mentally, or distinguish real life from the things I was seeing in my head, but I still had enough presence to put on this big act to trick everyone into thinking, you know, Clint’s fine. I pressed forward and made jokes and horsed around and pretended everything was O.K. I didn’t talk about what I was going through. I just clammed up and didn’t say a word to anyone about anything."
NBA -- Anxiety and Panic Attacks
"But it wasn’t how I was supposed to feel. Even before I hung up the phone, I sensed something wasn’t right with me. I couldn’t feel the tips of my fingers. And my heart was beating out of my chest. It was awful, but strangely familiar. It was all happening again. It was kind of how I felt on that airplane when I thought it was going to crash. Only now I was on the ground. I was in my own house. And I could feel that I was about to lose control."