It’s really easy to believe that athletes have it all figured out so that we get a reason to deplore our flawed lives. But behind those thunderous victories and fanfare, many of the world’s most famous sports stars have battled severe depression and taught us that sadness, loneliness, OCD or anxiety can hit anyone.
However, we’re more than glad that they had the courage to not-so-silently suffer and made mental illness an everyday topic of conversation for anyone going through it — famous or otherwise. They vehemently spoke about their struggles without shame and broke the age-old stigma associated with mental health.
Here’s a list of athletes who have dealt with depression in the past and managed to escape the depths of misery only to inspire millions of people who are trapped in similar situations.