Everyone who loves basketball and the NBA knows Jerry West.
According to Mitch Lawrence Daily News Writer, NBA Icon Jerry West opens up in his new memoir, revealing for the first time that he has battled depression since childhood as a result of beatings from his father. He says his childhood in Chelyan, W.Va., was devoid of love and filled with anger because of his abusive father, Howard, who left him feeling tormented and worthless according to new york y daily news.
“I would go to bed feeling like I didn’t even want to live,” West says during a segment airing Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. “I’ve been so low sometimes and when everyone else would be so high because I didn’t like myself.”
Now an adviser to the Golden State Warriors, West chronicles his miserable childhood in the memoir, “West by West: My Charmed, Tortured Life.”
West, 73, felt it was important to reveal the roots of his depression and suffering long before he became the model for the league’s logo. He says that Howard West’s beatings caused low self-esteem that plagued him growing up in poverty in rural West Virginia.
West tells HBO that he tried therapy, but gave it up, preferring to take Prozac and work through his depression by himself. He says his condition has eased in the 10 years since he served as the Lakers’ executive vice president.
Even though Jerry West did not receive therapy, he takes medication to treat his depression. If you have been sad for more than 2 weeks or depressed seek help immediately. Contact a mental health facility and/or support group in the Detroit area.
According to Mayo clinic, depression is a treatable medical conditon that affects the body, mood, and thoughts. Depression interferes with activities of daily living, such as school, work, eating, and sleeping. Episodes of depression may occur only once but more commonly occur several times in a lifetime. Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years. Appropriate treatment can help most people who suffer from depression.
Once your doctor prescribes an antidepressant
- Take the medication as prescribed
- Try to take your medication at the same time daily
- Do not skip taking your medication
- Do not share your medication with other people
- Do not discontinue taking your medication without your doctor’s permission
- Report any changes in behavior to your doctor
- Attend all follow-up appointments
- Go to the emergency room immediately, if you develop a severe rash, shortness of breath or other major side effect
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