Kevin Love Opens Up About His Panic Attacks, Mental Health

Cavs forward Kevin Love disclosed he is dealing with panic attacks

"Sure, I knew on same level that some people benefited from asking for help or opening up".

"We're all carrying around things that hurt-and they can hurt us if we keep them buried inside". Partly, I want to do it for me, but mostly, I want to do it because people don't talk about mental health enough.

After his tweet generated a huge response, DeRozan went on to open up about his battle with depression in an interview with the Toronto Star.

In the worst few moments sitting on the bench disorientated, and later while in the team training room, Love remembers feeling like his body was telling him, "You're going to die".

Love also revealed how losing his grandmother affected him emotionally, and how talking about her has helped him heal since her death.

"I was running from room to room, like I was looking for something I couldn't find", Love noted. "I was 20 or 21 years old, and I'd grown up around basketball", he said. Hoping that his honesty about mental health will help others going through similar struggles, he explained, "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". 'The reality is that we probably have a lot in common with what our friends and colleagues and neighbors are dealing with. It was all a collective shrug.

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DeRozan was back home in Southern California when he wrote an uncharacteristically personal tweet: 'This depression get the best of me'.

Therapy is often used to help people understand their panic attacks and work through any underlying causes, the Mayo Clinic says.

He continues with a poignant and important passage: "But its kind of unusual when you think about it".

Behind the incredible support of my family, I realized I had a problem. I took medication and visited a therapist on a regular basis. I also know that the demographic most afflicted by mental illness is the demographic that most likely reads sports blogs: males in their 20s and 30s. It's terrifying and awkward and hard, at least in my experience so far. But the more you do it, the easier it becomes, one small step at a time.

Love's father, Stan, also played in the National Basketball Association.

Love's revelations promoted praise from team-mate LeBron James, who posted on Twitter: "You're even more powerful now than ever before (at) kevinlove!" He says he has always been wary of the stigma of athletes being portrayed as weak if they speak about their psychological health. It takes incredible bravery. "Like DeMar said, 'You never know what that person is going through". But I was certain about one thing: I couldn't bury what had happened and try to move forward.

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