Kevin Love opens up about panic attack during game

  • Kevin Love opens up about panic attack during game

Kevin Love opens up about panic attack during game

But it was real - as [a] real as a broken hand or a sprained ankle. My mouth was like chalk. "Partly, I want to do it for me, but mostly, I want to do it because people don't talk about mental health enough. When I got up to walk out of the huddle, I knew I couldn't re-enter the game-like, literally couldn't do it physically". Even if it's just somebody can look at it like, "He goes through it and he's still out there being successful and doing this", I'm OK with that'. 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 wrote he ended up on the floor of the training room, trying to catch his breath and understand what had happened.

"Call it a stigma or call it fear or insecurity - you can call it a number of things - but what I was anxious about wasn't just my own inner struggles but how hard it was to talk about them", Love wrote. The Cavs helped me find a therapist, and I set up an appointment. Everything seemed to check out, which was a relief. "I remember thinking, What are my problems?" Love rejoined the team the following day and played against the Milwaukee Bucks two days afterward.

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

Love later left a game early when the Cavaliers were playing against the Oklahoma City Thunder, due to an "illness". That exit led to a fiery team meeting, during which several players challenged the legitimacy of his health that day, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported at the time.

Kevin Love felt a pain in his stomach and shortness of breath before he realized he was having a panic attack.

Love wrote that he was inspired to come out publicly about the incident after Toronto Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan recently opened up about his own battles with depression.

DeRozan tweeted and then opened up to the Toronto Star about dealing with depression in mid- February. No matter what our circumstances, we're all carrying around things that hurt - and they can hurt us if we keep them buried inside. "We all got feelings. all of that".

Love said he is now trying to be truthful with himself.

"Everyone is going through something that we can't see", Love wrote in his closing statement. The panic attack, he explained, altered his perspective on mental health, something he had "thought someone else's problem" throughout his life to that point.