Kevin Love opens up about panic attack during game

Posted March 08, 2018

Love described his panic attack happening on November 5 against the Atlanta Hawks, a game where he played just 18 minutes and left in the second half.

Kevin Love first became aware that he was struggling with something just this year, right after halftime in a game against the Hawks on November 5th.

BC-BKN-Cavaliers-Love's Battle, 1st Ld, 146Cavs' Love discloses bouts with panic attacks, mental healthAP Photo NY176, NY175Eds: Corrects title of essay. So I did one seemingly little thing that turned out to be a big thing. "I didn't want to look weak", Love wrote.

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"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.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love opened up about suffering a panic attack during a game this season - and how it led to him addressing his mental health - in an essay published on The Players' Tribune on Tuesday.

The hope? To promote mental health awareness and a better social environment for those impacted by the issue. I wouldn't need to see the nurse, but I was going to skip the remainder of class - could he let the professor know? I knew that much. "It really makes you think about how we are all walking around with experiences and struggles. and we sometimes think we're the only ones going through them".

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Love, who is now seeing a therapist, had another panic attack in January, according to a report from Joe Vardon of

"It's hard to describe, but everything was spinning, like my brain was trying to climb out of my head", said Love, a five-time All-Star now sidelined after breaking his left hand last month.

Kevin Love has a successful National Basketball Association career, a collaborative deal with Banana Republic and a swimsuit model girlfriend. I played 15 minutes of the first half and made one basket and two free throws. 'Now, at my age, I understand how many people go through it. "So for 29 years of my life, I followed that playbook". "So I appreciate him coming out, I thought that was great". I didn't want to have to deal with everything sometime in the future, when it might be worse. Honestly, I just didn't think I needed it. Sources told ESPN that Love told teammates about having another panic attack during the game against the Thunder during that meeting.

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"In the National Basketball Association, you have trained professionals to fine-tune your life in so many areas". "So I'm not saying everyone should share all their deepest secrets - not everything should be public and it's every person's choice".