Kevin Love reveals his struggles with mental health

Love wrote he was inspired by Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan's willingness to talk about his mental health struggles. Out with a broken hand, Love says he will be back sooner than anticipated.

Kahron Spearman

Cleveland Cavaliers forward/center Kevin Love opened up about his struggles with mental health in a Players Tribune essay on Monday.

He describes in detail an anxiety attack he suffered during a Nov. 5 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, where he was initially taken to the hospital with stomach pain and shortness of breath. He stated that he knew something was awry in the first quarter but fought through until he succumbed to the symptoms shortly after halftime.

Love wrote he was inspired to open up about struggles by Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, who recently acknowledged he suffers from depression.

It came out of nowhere. I'd never had one before. I didn't even know if they were real. But it was real -- as real a broken hand or a sprained ankle. Since that day, almost everything about the way I think about my mental health has changed.

Kevin Love
Forward, Cleveland Cavaliers

He continues with a poignant and important passage: "But its kind of strange when you think about it. In the NBA, you have trained professionals to fine-tune your life in so many areas. Coaches, trainers, and nutritionists have had a presence in my life for years. But none of those people could help me in the way I needed when I was lying on the floor struggling to breathe."

Love wrote that he has been seeing a therapist a few times per month since the panic attack.

The All-Star is working his way back from a broken hand, and could be in the lineup sooner than previously reported.