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China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Sports - AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Kevin Love,

Dur­ing the sec­ond half of a game on Nov 5 against At­lanta, Love suf­fered a panic at­tack so se­vere that he said he felt like he was dy­ing.

He gasped for air, and with his heart and mind rac­ing un­con­trol­lably, fran­ti­cally scram­bled from room to room in the depths of Quicken Loans Arena be­fore fi­nally col­laps­ing on the floor of the Cavs’ locker room.

He was taken to hos­pi­tal for tests, but Love al­ready had a sense of what was wrong.

He had strug­gled since child­hood with de­pres­sion and mood swings, which he said was passed down through gen­er­a­tions in his fam­ily.

As a teenager, he would of­ten de­scend into “my dark place” for weeks and ex­pe­ri­enced fits of rage.

“I was an­gry and would break stuff,” Love said. “I would never hurt any­one, but I would act out against author­ity and rebel. I didn’t know why I felt that way.”

He sub­se­quently sought coun­sel­ing. But af­ter an­other panic episode, Love felt com­pelled to go pub­lic af­ter some team­mates ques­tioned why he left an­other game early.

He be­gan his per­sonal ad­mis­sion with a pow­er­ful es­say for the Play­ers’ Tri­bune en­ti­tled “Ev­ery­one Is Go­ing Through Some­thing”:

“In the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math of Nov 5, I didn’t want any­one to know. I still don’t know how I came out and played 48 hours later. I wanted to hide. I was so afraid that peo­ple were go­ing to find out what had hap­pened. All those events that then fol­lowed al­lowed me to get to a point where I was like, ‘OK, now it’s time for me to tell my story’ and I wanted to tell it in my own words.”

Love re­mains over­whelmed at the out­pour­ing since re­veal­ing his strug­gles.

“I can’t tell you how many guys around the league have come up to me and said, ‘How did you get there?’ or ‘How did you get out of it?’ And now they ask, ‘Hey, can you help me?’” he said.

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