Kevin Love details his depression: “The only thing you can think about is, ‘How can I make this pain go away?'”

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love with the Timberwolves in 2012
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Kevin Love has openly discussed his battles with anxiety.

The Cavaliers forward is now detailing his depression.

His low point came in 2012, when he on the Timberwolves and sparsely playing in an injury-plagued season.

Love in The Players Tribune:

The future started to feel meaningless. And when it gets to the point where you lose hope, that’s when the only thing you can think about is, “How can I make this pain go away?”

I don’t think I have to say much more than that.

If it hadn’t been for a couple of my closest friends, I don’t know if I would be here today telling my story. And 99.9% of the people in my life probably don’t know how bad it got for me. But as hard as that might be for them to hear, I feel like I need to get that off my chest for the people out there who might be in a similar situation right now.

When I was sitting in that dark room, I just couldn’t see how things were ever going to get better. And if there’s somebody out there right now who is reading this — even just one person — who is sitting in that same dark room, having those same thoughts….

All I can say to you is this:

Talk to somebody.

You would be amazed at how freeing it is just to talk to somebody, and tell them the truth about what you’re going through.

This is what leadership looks like. It’s not always putting on a brave face and pretending problems are never serious. It’s connecting with people who need help and guiding them in a better direction.

To do that, Love publicly revealed his own vulnerabilities. That isn’t always easy.

But it will help people who need an example of how to handle their own mental-health issues, and that’s most important.