Kevin Love opens up about panic attack during game

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

In an essay for The Players' Tribune, Love shared he suffered a panic attack at halftime November 5 against the Atlanta Hawks.

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.

In the letter, Love admits that he has been "protective about anything and everything in my inner life", adding that it's easy to talk about basketball-that comes naturally-but discussing anything personal was too hard. So I did one seemingly little thing that turned out to be a big thing.

"By that point, I was freaking out", Love continued. "We're human beings, so I appreciate him". Partly, I want to do it for me, but mostly, I want to do it because people don't talk about mental health enough.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is the latest athlete to reveal his struggles with mental illness and he credits the openness of Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan with making it easier for him to share his story. Both have mentioned that if you were to just look at them, you wouldn't think they had a mental health issue but they did and so does a lot of people. I wouldn't need to see the nurse, but I was going to skip the remainder of class - could he let the professor know? It's like the playbook said - figure it out on your own, like everyone else around me always had.

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DeRozan said the response to his remarks has been "positive", and reacted to Love's essay in an interview with ESPN, saying, "It made me feel, you know, pretty damn good, honestly". I still can't say with certainty whether what happened on that winter morning was brought on by anxiety or intestinal distress, but (right or wrong) I've come to consider the incident my first panic attack.

Kevin Love has had a tense year, and on Tuesday, it seems like we've found out why. 'Now, at my age, I understand how many people go through it. "I was 20 or 21 years old, and I'd grown up around basketball", he said. So, I think it's great.

"I had buried those emotions since her passing and said to myself, I have to focus on basketball". There is no "guys like me" or "guys like [X] don't struggle with these things".

Love has been sidelined since the end of January with a broken hand but is expected to return in the next month. Inevitably, you'll hear I'm done just as you step into the other room. But I didn't share - not to my family, not to my best friends, not in public.

"I know you don't just get rid of problems by talking about them, but I've learned that over time maybe you can better understand them and make them more manageable", he wrote.

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