Kevin Love opens up about panic attack, mental health

Cavs forward Kevin Love

Cavs forward Kevin Love

Love wrote a piece in The Players' Tribune revealing his issues with panic attacks and the change of heart he's had about openly dealing with his mental health. "Sure, I knew on some level that some people benefited from asking for help or opening up. Since that day, nearly everything about the way I think about my mental health has changed".

In his story, Love, now 29 years of age, noted that he suffered his first panic attack in the third quarter of a loss to the Atlanta Hawks on November 5. "But none of those people could help me in the way I needed when I was lying on the floor struggling to breathe". It was there where Kevin felt like he was about to die. The event caused the 5-time All-Star to take a hard look at his mental health and ultimately led to regular appointments with a therapist.

"It was a wake-up call, that moment". I want to share some of my thoughts about my panic attack and what's happened since. It was the opposite.

While anxiety can be accompanied by numerous same physical symptoms as a panic attack, the ADAA says the physical manifestation of a panic attack tends to be more severe and faster both to begin and to escalate - to the point that many people end up at the emergency room, believing they've had a heart attack or other life-threatening issue. As a teenager, I couldn't understand why I suddenly didn't feel things as strongly as I did when I was just a kid running around without a care in the world.

Personally, I have never head a panic attack but I don't need to have one to know that it sounds awful. "It's like the playbook said - figure it out on your own, like everyone else around me always had". I remember when I was two or three years into the league, a friend asked me why National Basketball Association players didn't see therapists.

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Love also revealed how losing his grandmother affected him emotionally, and how talking about her has helped him heal since her death. Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue had his team huddled near the bench for a timeout, but Love was having a hard time staying focused. I'll deal with it later.

The fact the someone like Love is willing to speak up to show that no matter who you are, we can all be going through something is a message that needs to be heard according to Baskin.

Loneliness and isolation (which are not coincidentally among the consequences of stigma and suffering in silence) can compound mental health problems.

Love also wrote, "Mental health isn't just an athlete thing". They're a lot like depression or anxiety in that way. "Not talking about our inner lives robs us of really getting to know ourselves and robs us of the chance to reach out to others in need".

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