For years basketball superstar Isaiah Wilkins has battled clinical depression and anxiety. In an interview with ESPN in late 2017, he talked openly about his struggles. Mental illness is one of the most challenging topics to discuss. However, for male athletes the issue is even more difficult to approach. Wilkins hopes that by sharing his struggle, he can help reverse the stereotypes about how men in athletics should behave. The National Alliance on Mental Illness found that young adults ages 18-25 are 60% more likely to struggle with depression than those who are age 50 or older. Another report conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics determined that less than half of the men who reported feeling anxious or depressed on a daily basis saw a therapist. What these statistics tell us is that these young men are more likely to face these difficult mental health issues and less likely to do anything about it. If you need help with depression, reach out for help. Call Legacy Freedom today for depression therapy in Columbus, OH you can trust.
Wilkins had a difficult childhood. His mother married NBA legend Dominique Wilkins when Isaiah was in elementary school. While they shared a love of the game, the two were complete opposites off the basketball court. As his mother struggled to adapt to being a high profile wife of a celebrity, she developed an addiction to painkillers. Her addiction quickly tore apart her marriage to Dominique. Isaiah struggled to cope with the changes at home and his mother's addiction, so he moved in with his grandparents at age 15. It was during this time that his own anxiety and depression became evident. Feeling lost and alone, Isaiah turned to the basketball court.
During high school, the standout basketball player had the opportunity to visit the University of Virginia. While he felt at home on the campus, once he actually left home to attend school, the anxiety came back in crushing waves. During either his freshman or sophomore season, Isaiah called home, frantic. Something was wrong. He began to see a therapist at Virginia and was diagnosed with clinical depression. He struggled with feelings of restlessness, guilt, worthlessness, had difficulty concentrating, and some days he felt depressed all day long.
Now, the bad days come and go for Wilkins. He knows that he can turn to his coaches, teammates, family, and friends for support. Confronting his mental illness head-on has led him to understand how vital the mental component of the game is. For Isaiah, turning his mental health challenges into a public platform helps him cope with his feelings. His coach, Tony Bennett, says that he often gets emails from people in the community with photos of Wilkins sharing a special moment with a child or someone in the community who is struggling. Isaiah's openness and awareness are changing the lives of those he meets and putting the stigma that male athletes face about their mental health in a new light.
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