This week’s Wednesday Words are brought to you by US tennis great Mardy Fish via a website called The Players’ Tribune. (See the end of this post for more info on this website.)
I highly encourage everyone to read his contribution/essay that was released yesterday in which he speaks about his challenges with anxiety, a mental health disorder that affects millions upon millions of people.
READ THIS. NOW: http://www.theplayerstribune.com/mardy-fish-us-open/
The short version is that in the middle of his rise to a top ten player in the world, he started having anxious feelings that grew into full-blown panic attacks. It culminated with him withdrawing from the US Open in 2012 prior to a match with Roger Federer. Over the past few years, he has learned to manage his anxiety with a combination of the right treatment, support, education, and conversation, and he’s returned to the US Open this year as a ‘farewell’ of sorts to the game of tennis before he retires.
Kudos to Mardy Fish for having the courage to talk about mental health, a subject that is often avoided because of the feelings it evokes. I don’t know him and I never will, but I appreciate his openness and his desire to help others through sharing his own story.
Taken from the ‘About’ section of The Players’ Tribune website:
Welcome to The Players’ Tribune, a new media platform that presents the voices of professional athletes, bringing fans closer to the games they love than ever before. Founded by Derek Jeter, The Players’ Tribune aims to provide unique insight into the daily sports conversation and publishes first-person stories directly from athletes. From video to podcasts to player polls and written pieces, The Tribune strives to be “The Voice of the Game.”