Cavaliers' Kevin Love (hand) dealing with panic attacks

Cavaliers' Kevin Love (hand) dealing with panic attacks

After opening up about his panic attacks in The Player's Tribune, Love is more than just a symbol of sacrifice or cornerstone player for a championship-contending team, he's a pillar of strength for those that struggle with various mental and mood disorders on a daily basis. In the article, Love speaks about the issue of mental health that affect millions across the nation, and the stigma attached to it that makes it hard for men to address the issue head-on.

One of the reasons I wanted to write this comes from reading DeMar's comments last week about depression.

"Today, I've realized I need to change that", Love wrote.

"I'd never had one before", Love wrote in the Players' Tribune about his panic attack.

"For 29 years, I thought about mental health as someone else's problem", he said.

In the piece, Love details how he suffered a panic attack after halftime of the Cleveland Cavaliers' Nov. 5 game against the Atlanta Hawks.

"Just the opposite. It could be the most important thing you do". Sure, he said. My professor would later check on me, but to everyone that had witnessed the event ... this was the end of it. I know that, left untreated, mental illnesses can develop and worsen and even metastasize, cancer-like, from neuroses into full-blown psychoses. I still can't say with certainty whether what happened on that winter morning was brought on by anxiety or intestinal distress, but (right or wrong) I've come to consider the incident my first panic attack.

I'm trying to face the uncomfortable stuff in life while also enjoying, and being grateful for, the good stuff. He made an early exit and was admitted into the hospital for what Love considers to be a "mental health" problem.

In fact, coming back just before the postseason after missing two months and trying to make it to the NBA Finals is a high-pressure situation for a player who has the Cleveland Cavaliers second-highest points per game average (17.9) and its highest rebound per game average (9.4). On the court, I think the expectations for the season, combined with our 4-5 start, were weighing on me.

A few muffled (or so I thought) gags later, it became apparent to those around me that something was up. "I was 20 or 21 years old, and I'd grown up around basketball", he said. With AP Photos.Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love has revealed suffering panic attacks, including one during a game this season. But I didn't share - not to my family, not to my best friends, not in public.

"I was running from room to room, like I was looking for something I couldn't find".

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