NBA All-Star Kevin Love Gets Personal About Mental Illness

NBA All-star Kevin Love opened himself up and left it all on the court while discussing mental health awareness. Following fellow NBA All-star DeMar DeRozan’s comments about his depression, Kevin Love penned a well-needed post about mental health. This piece follows recent news that he is expanding his spokesperson relationship with Banana Republic to a limited-edition collection that will be available September 2018. So, with his life going so well, it is even more telling that he’s chosen to discuss what exactly happened when he had a panic attack during a game and what he thinks caused the attack.

Entitled, “Everyone Is Going Through Something“, the forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers reveals that while he’s never really been comfortable sharing, he “could have really benefited from having someone to talk to over the years.” He goes on to state in the piece published on The Players’ Tribune:

Growing up, you figure out really quickly how a boy is supposed to act. You learn what it takes to “be a man.” It’s like a playbook: Be strong. Don’t talk about your feelings. Get through it on your own. So for 29 years of my life, I followed that playbook… These values about men and toughness are so ordinary that they’re everywhere … and invisible at the same time, surrounding us like air or water. They’re a lot like depression or anxiety in that way.

We all have problems that nobody can see and when we let them continue to manifest, more problems arise. A very refreshing look at a real problem still kept on the hush hush, even today.