Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love opened up about suffering a panic attack during a game this season and how it led to him addressing his mental health in an essay published on The Players' Tribune on Tuesday. Love was taken to the hospital during a Nov. 5 loss to the Atlanta Hawks with what he described at the time as stomach pain and shortness of breath. In his Players' Tribune story, he acknowledged the symptoms were caused by his panic attack. "It came out of nowhere. I'd never had one before," Love wrote. "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." He wrote that he knew something was wrong at the start of the game before the full symptoms hit in the third quarter. He left the game and was accompanied by a Cavaliers staff member to the hospital. Love rejoined the team the following day and played against the Milwaukee Bucks two days afterward. Since the panic attack, Love wrote that he has been seeing a therapist a few times per month.
Kevin Love discusses suffering panic attack during game
ESPN | Mar 6