Athletes and Depression

Ricky Williams
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Ricky Williams

The star running back at the University of Texas was considered moody and eccentric – after being drafted by the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, he often conducted media interviews with his helmet on -- until he revealed that he suffered from social anxiety disorder. Williams was terrified of interacting with people and spent much time in seclusion at his home. "At practice my teammates would be like, 'Hey, what did you do last night?'" he told SI. "I'm thinking, I went from the living room to the office to the bedroom." Williams’ condition was treated with therapy and the drug Paxil.

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