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Kevin Love Opens Eyes To An Overlooked Issue

Kevin Love Opens Eyes To An Overlooked Issue

Love revealed this for the first time for The Players' Tribune and wants to use this as an opportunity to end the stigma of mental health.

Love, whose panic attacks caused him to leave a game against the Atlanta Hawks on November 5th and likely led to his early departure against the Oklahoma City Thunder on January 20th.

Kevin Love has opened up about his struggles with mental health.

One of the reasons I wanted to write this comes from reading DeMar's comments last week about depression. Love was overcome by anxiety during a November 5 game against Atlanta and was briefly hospitalized. Really I was just hoping my heart would stop racing.

"This just one more example of the willingness to kind of go above and beyond and say not only am I going to work on my physical engine, I'm going to work on my mental one as well", said Dr. Erin Ayala, Premier Sport Psychology, PLLC.

On Tuesday morning, The Players' Tribune released an article written by Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kevin Love. I nodded, but I didn't hear much of what he said. "I didn't even know if they were real", Love wrote.

Shout out to Kevin Love for that.

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. 'Now, at my age, I understand how many people go through it. I turned 29 in September and for pretty much 29 years of my life I have been protective about anything and everything in my inner life. "I thought that was great". After playing against DeRozan for years, Love said he would have never guessed one of the game's best players was having problems similar to his own.

"I had buried those emotions since her passing and said to myself, I have to focus on basketball". I want to share some of my thoughts about my panic attack and what's happened since. 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. He knew that talking about it benefited some people with a mental illness, but didn't believe that it was the way for him to cope with it, and then came the panic attack. "So I'm not saying everyone should share all their deepest secrets - not everything should be public and it's every person's choice".

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).