Kevin Love Opens Up About On-Court Panic Attack

Cavs forward Kevin Love

Love mentions that his entire outlook on mental health has changed and that he has been going to therapy in the wake of that first panic attack.

The 29-year-old self-described introvert says that he had a panic attack following halftime of a November 5 game against the Atlanta Hawks.

Suffering for years in silence, Kevin Love has opened up about his struggles with mental health. So I did one seemingly little thing that turned out to be a big thing. Doing my own research, I realized that Love likely was keeping his issues under wraps because they were serious.

Love tells how he worked through his lifelong and tacit assumptions about strength and weakness, health and sickness, success and failure and how he came to understand and then reject the stigma that surrounds mental health. "But I remember leaving the hospital thinking, 'Wait. then what the hell just happened?'"

"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.

Just a week after Toronto Raptors star and viable MVP candidate DeMar DeRozan came forward to reveal his struggles with depression and anxiety, Kevin Love, 5-time NBA All-Star and NBA Champion, did the same. So, everybody's got things and you need friends and you need support and you need help to get through everything.

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"I thought of what he said, what meant the most to me was, 'We're all going through something, '" said Kerr, who read the article Tuesday morning. Sure, he said. My professor would later check on me, but to everyone that had witnessed the event ... this was the end of it. It was much harder to share personal stuff, and looking back now I know I could have really benefited from having someone to talk to over the years.

In any case, now that Love has made his panic attacks a matter of public record, everything has been put in perspective.

The incident was passing, according to Love, who practiced the following day and posted 32 points and 16 rebounds in a win over the Milwaukee Bucks on November 7. Now as I fought back vomit, there was nothing I wanted more than to be indistinguishable. "The Cavs helped me find a therapist, and I set up an appointment". But it was real - as real as a broken hand or a sprained ankle. I'd thought the hardest part was over after I had the panic attack.

Personally, I have never head a panic attack but I don't need to have one to know that it sounds terrible.

Love's father, Stan, also played in the National Basketball Association.

Look, I don't want to speak above my non-existent qualifications here, but I know this.



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