Lake Oswego's Kevin Love opens up about mental health

Lake Oswego's Kevin Love opens up about mental health

In an essay on The Players' Tribune website, Love said he had suffered his first panic attack on November 5, when he was forced to exit early during a defeat to the Atlanta Hawks.

"Mental health isn't just an athlete thing, Love wrote".

One of the reasons I wanted to write this comes from reading DeMar's comments last week about depression. Even if it's just somebody can look at it like, "He goes through it and he's still out there being successful and doing this", I'm OK with that'. "Since that day, nearly everything about the way I think about my mental health has changed".

In an open letter on The Players' Tribune, Love broached the subject of his mental health, revealing that on November 5, during a home game against Atlanta, right after halftime, he suffered a panic attack. One of the things that drew me to the school was a slogan of sorts - here you're a name, not a number.

"Everyone is going through something that we can't see", he said. I nodded, but I didn't hear much of what he said.

"...looking back now I know I could have really benefited from having someone to talk to over the years".

Love, who is now seeing a therapist, had another panic attack in January, according to a report from Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com.

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Now sidelined with a broken hand, the 29-year-old Love has averaged 17.9 points and 9.4 rebounds this season while appearing in 48 games.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love reacts to a foul call during the second half against the Chicago Bulls on December 21 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. 'Now, at my age, I understand how many people go through it.

"I know you don't just get rid of problems by talking about them, but I've learned that over time maybe you can better understand them and make them more manageable", he wrote. I think what Kevin said was that-I read the article this morning-I thought what he said that meant the most to me was 'We're all going through something. I'd thought the hardest part was over after I had the panic attack.

"I had buried those emotions since her passing and said to myself, I have to focus on basketball".

Love said that while the panic attack was a wake-up call for him, it was still hard to share his experience at first. "I'm trying to be good to the people in my life".

"In the National Basketball Association, you have trained professionals to fine-tune your life in so many areas". I didn't want to have to deal with everything sometime in the future, when it might be worse. I think he could sense something was wrong and blurted something like, 'I'll be right back, ' and I ran back to the locker room.

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