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  • Athlete Depression

    Depression is characterized as a mental health disorder that can interfere with psychological and physical well-being of certain individuals. Many athletes are at risk for developing depression whether you incur an injury or are not performing up to the level you should. Also, team expectations can lead to depression as well. Identification and treatment of depression can help stave off depression for athletes and relieve or decrease the symptoms of depression.

    According to the NIH, 1 in 10 Americans will experience some level of depression. Many things can cause this including genetics and external stresses. Regardless of how fit you are as an athlete, genetics and certain chemical imbalances can cause symptoms and influence depression. Particularly individual sports where a lot of the pressure sits on the individual can lead to high depression risk for those athletes. Setbacks, including a major loss or injury, can truly challenge an athlete’s self-worth and esteem and can also contribute to depression.

    Many of the symptoms of depression can be general and be caused by a multitude of other reasons. Symptoms of depression include moodiness, emotional withdrawal, crying, appetite changes, weight changes, anxiety, sadness, decreased sex drive, and feelings of anger. Fatigue and lack of an sort of direction are also signs of depression. If you are an athlete and think you may have depression it is best to seek out a doctor or medical professional experienced in treating depression.

    Sports are physically and mentally demanding on an athlete. Society places certain expectation and projections on athletes which can put added pressure on athletes to perform. These expectations can be major causes and triggers for depression in athletes. Many athletes will train months and years for a certain competition, only to see that competition be over quickly. Then, when that competition is over an athlete can get post-competition depression because they have no huge goal to work towards like they had been. They need to find another goal to focus on in order to keep their mind engaged and to stave off post-competition depression.

    Treatment of depression typically starts with addressing mental health with cognitive behavioral therapy which can be used to help athletes changes negative thoughts and behaviors that can contribute to their feelings of depression. Sports psychologists are great resources to turn toward for helping athletes overcome their depression. Some athletes take medications such as antidepressants in more severe cases but avoiding medication should be a top priority for all athletes.
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. egoeyes's Avatar
      egoeyes -
      Every Athlete wants to be on first,but if he fails then it becomes mental disorder for him.
    1. IDGAF's Avatar
      IDGAF -
      Turmeric has been shown to be a good anti depressant along with other healthful benefits, with no side affects like the crap the doctors give out.
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