Cavs' Love opens up about panic attack during game


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. In the article, Love speaks about the issue of mental health that affect millions across the nation, and the stigma attached to it that makes it hard for men to address the issue head-on.

Suddenly, all the things that drew me to the school triggered a feeling I'd never experienced.

"This was new territory for me, and it was pretty confusing", Love wrote. It's just, we're human beings, so I appreciate him coming out.

"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.

Love's personal essay, published Tuesday morning at The Players' Tribune and entitled "Everyone Is Going Through Something", chronicles a mid-game panic attack, his visit to a therapist, and the loss of his grandmother.

You can not tell what someone else is going through just by looking at them; mental health is a concern for rich and poor, male and female, healthy and sickly.

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"Everyone is going through something that we can't see", he wrote. I can tell from his Twitter post from this afternoon that he was definitely taken aback from the support he received, and I even made sure to send him my own message thanking him for sharing his story.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love reacts to a foul call during the second half against the Chicago Bulls on December 21 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Nor did most people outside of the organization.

However, the 29-year-old was not comfortable talking about what happened. But it was real - as real as a broken hand or a sprained ankle.

A few muffled (or so I thought) gags later, it became apparent to those around me that something was up. And it doesn't matter if you're an National Basketball Association player or the average guy.

"For 29 years, I thought about mental health as someone else's problem", Love admitted in the story. He also models for clothing company Banana Republic and makes millions to play basketball.

Look, I don't want to speak above my non-existent qualifications here, but I know this. 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. With AP Photos.Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love has revealed suffering panic attacks, including one during a game this season. "I'm trying to be good to the people in my life".