Depression is a mood disorder characterized by low mood, a feeling of sadness, and a general loss of interest in things. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 7.6 per cent of people over the age of 12 have depression in any two-week period.
Anyone can fall prey to it and even sports stars are not immune to it. Let’s talk about some famous sports stars who have faced the issue.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson: “I found that with depression one of the most important things you can realise is that you are not alone.”
Serena Williams: “I was definitely depressed. I cried all the time. I was miserable to be around.”
Ian Thorpe: “I didn’t realise the toll it would take on me. I wasn’t prepared to then talk about being depressed with people … constantly going over the same detail. If there’s one way that really is guaranteed to make you depressed, it’s talking about being depressed.”
Dame Kelly Holmes: “As I have always been a really positive person, I never thought I could get as low as I did.”
Michael Yardy: “The biggest thing about depression is you become a very good actor. All I wanted was for everything to be normal. I spent too much energy to make things happy instead of dealing with the issues in my head.”
Terry Bradshaw: “And when the depression thing came out, everyone says, well how can you be depressed, you are such a funny guy? But depression doesn’t rob you of your personality.”
Amanda Beard: “I was in the rut where I didn’t have feelings. I was going about my life in a depressed state, and I was so sick of that.”