NFL’s Steve Smith Reveals Depression Battle ‘Felt Trapped, Inferior’
8/7/2018 8:34 AM PDT
On the sector, Steve Smith Sr. gave the impression to be probably the most assured NFL participant on the planet — however privately, the WR was fighting despair and admits he felt “trapped, inferior and alone.”
The ex-Ravens and Panthers star went public together with his psychological well being points on NFL.com — revealing he REALLY started to “take possession” of the scenario when he retired following the 2016 season.
Smith says, regardless of his carefree demeanor, he by no means actually loved any of his soccer accomplishments and sometimes felt “mentally, bodily and emotionally damaged.”
Smith says he first tried counseling in 2013 — however did not actually take it severely.
However, since he hung up his cleats, Smith says he is been in a position to give attention to his psychological well being and has realized lots about himself.
“I discover myself, as an excessive introvert outlined by my counselor, searching for excuses on methods to keep away from massive crowds and retreating throughout public appearances, massive occasions and even household gatherings,” Smith says.
“Being in public is a continuing battle, not as a result of I do not wish to appeal to consideration or suppose I am ‘vital,’ however due to my inside battle.”
“That is all proof that I nonetheless face my demons usually, however I am steadily studying how to deal with them.”
Smith says he has a message to different individuals affected by psychological well being points — ask for assist.
“You are not alone. Consider me.”