NBA Star Kevin Love Opens Up About Mental Health

This NBA star got real about his battle with mental health. The Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love wrote an essay for The Players’ Tribune opening up about his recent decision to see a therapist. Love says he experienced panic attacks during games this season and admitted hi initially felt embarrassed to talk to anyone, because doing so didn’t fit the stereotype of pro athletes.

But now, Love is thankful for seeking help and speaking out so others don’t feel ashamed to either, stating, “If you’re reading this and you’re having a hard time, no matter how big or small it seems to you, I want to remind you that you’re not weird or different for sharing what you’re going through. Just the opposite. It could be the most important thing you do. I was for me.”

Love isn’t the first NBA star to speak candidly about personal battles. A week earlier, Tornoto Raptors all-star Demar Derozan opened up about his own ongoing struggles with depression. So, if you’re struggling with depression and are feeling uncomfortable about seeking help, these athletes want to help end that stigma. Depression shouldn’t be something to be ashamed of, and reaching out for help may be a little nerve racking, but also incredibly beneficial.