Kevin Love Opens Up About In-Game Panic Attack

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Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love published an essay for The Player’s Tribune today, titled “Everyone Is Going Through Something,” in which he details a recent in-game panic attack and his thoughts about mental health.

Love explains that he first experienced a panic attack during a November 5th game against the Atlanta Hawks earlier this season, shortly after a conversation on the bench with head coach Tyronn Lue. After being benched by Lue in the third quarter, Love says he took f toward the locker room with his heart racing.

In addition to being benched and the Cavs’ early season struggles, Love also explains that he was dealing with family issues and not sleeping well which contributed to his in-game panic attack. Love wrote that he has since started seeing a therapist and is finding ways to deal with the grief his grandmother’s death, something that he had previously failed to confront.

After his experience Love began looking at mental health differently, and he credits Toronto Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan for opening up about his struggles with depression and anxiety.