Kevin Love Opens Up About In-Game Panic Attack

08 March, 2018, 01:41 | Author: Darrell Lopez
  • Kevin Love felt a pain in his stomach and shortness of breath before he realized he was having a panic attack. The 29-year-old five-time All Star had never experienced such an episode

He reveals that it was a panic attack that led to his abrupt departure from the November 5th game against the Atlanta Hawks.

Love said that while the panic attack was a wake-up call for him, it was still hard to share his experience at first.

"I blurted something like, 'I'll be right back, ' and I ran back to the locker room", Love wrote.

"I've played against DeMar for years, but I never could've guessed that he was struggling with anything", said Love.

Now sidelined with a broken hand, the 29-year-old Love has averaged 17.9 points and 9.4 rebounds this season while appearing in 48 games.

"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. A week before getting injured, teammates Dwyane Wade and Isaiah Thomas called out Love for leaving a game against the Thunder early with "migraines" and missing practice the next day. But Love's mission is a worthy one: Seeking help does not show weakness, because as he says, "Everyone is going through something that we can't see".

In the worst few moments sitting on the bench disorientated, and later while in the team training room, Love remembers feeling like his body was telling him, "You're going to die". It would be a big deal.

Kevin Love has a successful National Basketball Association career, a collaborative deal with Banana Republic and a swimsuit model girlfriend.

Australian guard Matthew Dellavedova has been among the National Basketball Association fraternity applauding All-Star Kevin Love for opening up about his struggles with mental health.

There are only a few physical health issues that result in constant dizzy spells and nearly all of them are serious.

Dr. Erin Ayala affirms Love's show of strength was a risk, but one that inspires change in the way we all frame mental illness. Really I was just hoping my heart would stop racing.

However, Love's panic attacks could occur again and there's no telling when. In his Players' Tribune story, he acknowledged the symptoms were caused by his panic attack.

Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love opened up about his mental health Tuesday in an essay for The Players' Tribune. There is no "guys like me" or "guys like [X] don't struggle with these things".

Through 48 games this season, Love is averaging 17.9 points per game and 9.4 rebounds per game for the Cavs who are third in the Eastern Conference, 8.5 games behind the Toronto Raptors.

Whatever happens on-the-court for Love, this is his arrival as a leader of the team.



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