Because athletes appear very healthy physically, people may assume that they must be healthy emotionally as well and rarely experience mental illness. Athletes themselves may feel that seeking help for mental or emotional problems may make them appear weak.
Athletes experience mental health concerns, such as depression and anxiety, as frequently as the general population. Athletes, particularly highly competitive athletes, may experience circumstances, pressures, and expectations that are very different from non-athletes.
Below are links to information on a number of mental health issues among athletes.
Stigma of Mental Health in Athletes
Psychiatric Medications and Athletes
Athletes and ADHD
Talking to Children About Fallen Sports Heroes