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BigT

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This chat is for all current and past athletes who are struggling with depression and anxiety
 
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BigT

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Hello. I am a ex professional football player who suffers from severe depression and anxiety . I started suffering in university , were I was basically told to toughen up and move on and just put me on a bunch of meds. I was never able to play to my potential even though I was able to make it pro , I have so many regrets of what else I could have done and accomplished . My pro career ended because my depression was so bad I began to self medicate just to get through a day at practice . I became an addict for many years because of it..lost my career and had to start from scratch . The REGRET eats me up everyday !! I find its hard for non athletes to understand this..I've been to see so many different counselors over the years and still havnt been able to fill that void of regret.
 
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I’ve always found sport as my escape from my problems. When I’m feeling real bad I just put my headphones in and hoop on my own. Helps me feel present, no matter how the world is the ball still bounces the same.
always been a bit weird/an oddball, found it kind of helps having a differently wired brain when playing, people don’t care about my weirdness if I can play.

Kind of fell out of love playing recently. Felt really under appreciated by my team, the amount of work I put into my game, coaching juniors just to be snubbed or looked over. The sacrifices I made man.

I went from being on my death bed to my first selection for an international tournament in a year (something I’ve only now started to appreciate, I think it’s the only thing I’m really proud of in my life).
I’m going back to my home team once I’ve graduated. I’m a lot more mentally tough from battling a rough patch of depression and anxiety. If they can’t appreciate me I probably won’t play.
 
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PerpetuallyStuck

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I never even managed to begin a career. I trained with a local football team (english football). They said I could come back for another training session, but I felt out of place. I only went there once. I had people praising me for my goalkeeping abilities (other college students). Some of which had trials at league clubs. It was always a lot of pressure to go to new places and prove myself. Plenty of people doubt me based on appearance and lack of confidence, but I think I could have at least been good enough to play at local level. Oh well, I'm almost 33. I can run and move as well as I did back when I was 18, but I'm sure I'll degrade within the next 5-10 years. Shame.
 
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