Johnny Manziel opens up about off the field issues, says he's bipolar

The former Heisman Trophy winner says he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder a year ago and is taking deliberate steps to maintain control over his life and football career.

Kahron Spearman

Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel opened up to ABC's 'Good Morning America' host TJ Holmes (h/t Dallas Sportsday) about continuing his football career and revelation of his mental health status, including a bipolar diagnosis.

He admits to dealing with previous bouts of depression with alcohol and discloses he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder roughly a year ago.

"I was self-medicating with alcohol," he admits. "That's what I thought was making me happy and helping me get out of that depression to a point of where I felt like I had some sense of happiness."

But at the end of the day, when you wake up the next day after a night like that or after going on a trip like that, and you wake up the next day and that's all gone and that liquid courage or that liquid like sense of euphoria that's over you is all gone, and you're left staring at the ceiling by yourself, and you're back in that depression and back in that hole, that dark hole of sitting in a room by yourself being super-depressed, thinking about all the mistakes you've made in your life, what did that get me? Where did that get me except out of the NFL? Where did that get me? Disgraced?

Johnny Manziel
Former Heisman Trophy winner

The former Texas A&M standout has been out of the football for two seasons, after arriving in Cleveland as a risky 2014 first-round pick of the Browns. He was eventually released in March 2016 because of issues stemming from poor play and off-field issues, including a domestic abuse allegation from an ex-girlfriend.

Manziel has been attempting to regain his footing on the gridiron, currently working out a contract with Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL, though talks have been somewhat contentious.