No one ever thinks that a rich and famous professional athlete could battle depression, anxiety and loneliness just like so many other of us do, but basketball player, Demar DeRozan has just spoken out to let us know that he does too.
“It’s one of them things that no matter how indestructible we look like we are, we’re all human at the end of the day,” the 28-year-old Raptors all-star said. “We all got feelings . . . all of that. Sometimes . . . it gets the best of you, where times everything in the whole world’s on top of you.”
While on a break from his regular schedule, DeRozan found himself tangled in dark thoughts one night and sent out a cryptic comment on his Twitter feed, which was unusual due to his very private and quiet nature. It was a glimpse into what was hiding behind his curtain.
“I always have various nights,” he said in a wide-ranging and wildly open glimpse into his private life. “I’ve always been like that since I was young, but I think that’s where my demeanor comes from.
“I’m so quiet, if you don’t know me. I stay standoffish in a sense, in my own personal space, to be able to cope with whatever it is you’ve got to cope with.”
“This is real stuff,” he said. “We’re all human at the end of the day. That’s why I look at every person I encounter the same way. I don’t care who you are. You can be the smallest person off the street, or you could be the biggest person in the world, I’m going to treat everybody the same, with respect.
“My mom always told me: Never make fun of anybody because you never know what that person is going through. Ever since I was a kid, I never did. I never did. I don’t care what shape, form, ethnicity, nothing. I treat everybody the same. You never know.
“I had friends that I thought was perfectly fine, next thing you know they’re a drug addict and can’t remember yesterday . . . I never had a drink in my life because I grew up seeing so many people drinking their life away to suppress the (troubles) they were going through, you know what I mean?”
Demar DeRozan wasn’t doing this for support. He sent out those tweets to make sure others knew that it was okay to talk about their issues and that we all go through it too.
“Sometimes you hear things from other people, such as doing something like that (the Saturday morning statement). There could have been a better way to take that approach, but I got great words from a lot of people,” he said.
“It’s not nothing I’m against or ashamed of. Now, at my age, I understand how many people go through it. Even if it’s just somebody can look at it like, ‘He goes through it, and he’s still out there being successful and doing this,’ I’m OK with that.”
DeRozan may not have intended to be a mental health advocate but he is one now, and we’re glad to have him on our team in the battle to end the stigma for good.
f you or a loved one you know is having any mental health struggles, please do get the help you need. If you need to talk to someone now, you can talk to one of the many fantastic therapists at Better Help by CLICKING HERE.
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