Cavaliers' Kevin Love opens up about panic attacks, mental health

Kevin Love details scary in-game panic attack

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.

Entitled "Everyone Is Going Through Something", Love is candid about his mental health and how he's dealt with panic attacks, the first one coming for him last November at halftime of a game against the Atlanta Hawks.

Kevin Love joined the effort to destigmatize mental illness by sharing a very personal story. But I was certain about one thing: I couldn't bury what had happened and try to move forward.

"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.

Cavaliers star Kevin Love was widely praised today for publishing an article detailing his panic attacks and evolving views on mental health.

"Everyone is going through something that we can't see", he said. Sure, he said. My professor would later check on me, but to everyone that had witnessed the event ... this was the end of it.

This is where the tentacles of my anxiety cross those of DeRozan and Love, even if it's simply because they had the courage to speak publicly and I've been lucky enough to make a living adjacent to the game I've loved since I was roughly the age my children are now.

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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

Love has not played since breaking a bone in his left hand on January 30.

"Good stuff Kevin Love", the Australian posted on Twitter. 'Now, at my age, I understand how many people go through it.

"I admire his willingness to come out and talk about something that's an issue for a lot of people", Kerr said. I was comfortable talking about basketball - but that came natural. Inevitably, you'll hear I'm done just as you step into the other room.

"I had buried those emotions since her passing and said to myself, I have to focus on basketball". I think he could sense something was wrong and blurted something like, 'I'll be right back, ' and I ran back to the locker room.

"For 29 years, I thought about mental health as someone else's problem", he said. And look, I'm probably not telling you anything new here.

Love's expose detailed everything from symptoms, a need for closure after unexpectedly losing his grandmother and the shame he battled after the panic attack. But I didn't share - not to my family, not to my best friends, not in public.

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