Ex-WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw opens up about mental illness
Former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw opened up about her mental illness in a documentary about her life entitled Mind/Game.
Holdsclaw, 38, played 11 seasons in the WNBA, earning All-Star honors six times and the 1999 Rookie of the Year distinction. The small forward was also a two-time league rebounding champion and the league’s scoring champion in 2002.
In the documentary, Holdsclaw discusses the process of opening up about the inner workings of her mind.
“Being able to talk about my sexual orientation with my family helped me realize I can talk about things,” Holdsclaw said. “When I was dealing with the mental health issue I had friends who couldn’t understand it, and I really had to educate people, how certain things made me feel and how I needed support from them.”
Holdsclaw says her depression still presents ongoing struggles.
“A lot of people think I’m cured,” she said. “No. It’s something I still live with. I struggle to get out of bed. But I make a decision to get out of bed. Sometimes I need to call someone to talk. But I’ll eventually get out of bed and get to the gym.”
The documentary airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on Logo.