Photo: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson 2009 NYC by David Shankbone is licensed under CC BY 2.0
As fans get excited to watch Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, February 3, players are feeling the pressure. Many athletes have opened up about demanding schedules, feeling the pressure to perform and fear of major injuries – and their concerns are valid. Physical stress can lead to mental stress, which then can lead to a host of other health problems such as addiction to substances to mask chronic pain, depression, and more.
In 2002, a football-related brain trauma condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) was discovered by expert forensic neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu. Dr. Omalu was working in Pittsburgh when he conducted postmortem examinations of former NFL offensive lineman Mike Webster’s brain and spotted what would become the hallmarks of CTE. After years of his findings being dismissed, his insistent efforts led to sports leagues acknowledging brain trauma as injuries and modifying regulations, football helmet design, and investing in research and studies for treatments.
Art Still, a former Kansas City NFL player, is a great example of a concerned athlete battling CTE as well as a spokesman for treatment. Still sustained a concussion and received non-invasive TMS treatment at Restorative Brain Clinic to combat the symptoms. With our TMS therapy, Still was able to regain a sense of well being and is now an advocate for spreading information and helping others seek the help they need.
Athletes and football stars are not the only ones who have shared their mental health concerns with the public. Top A list actor, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has also opened up about his past struggles with depression, his family’s history with mental illness, and seeking help. Johnson spoke publicly “Regardless of who you are or what you do for a living or where you come from, it doesn’t discriminate, we all kind of go through it. If I could share a little bit of it and if I could help somebody, I’m happy to do it.” (Watch the extended interview with The Rock.)
Johnson received overwhelming responses following his posts on social media stating how beneficial taking the first step towards an honest and open discussion on mental health can be. Many of his followers applauded his effort and honesty while others shared their own experiences in hopes it would further help.
Physical stress, mental health, and seeking therapy is a hurdle for most who suffer. What’s important is recognizing there is a problem in the first place. If you notice symptoms of physical stress, mental stress, addiction to substances to mask chronic pain, or depression, there are numerous ways to seek help. Some forms of treatment can be medications, talking to a professional therapist, and physical therapy. TMS Therapy, used by former NFL player Art Still, has been seen as a good alternative for patients who cannot endure the side effects associated with antidepressant medications, or simply do not wish to take them.
At Restorative Brain Clinic, we believe mental well-being is not just possible but achievable with our individualized treatment approach. Our team of compassionate professionals utilizes state-of-the-art technology as we test and tailor the most effective personalized treatment. Send us a message or call 866-695-2867 to discuss how our approach may serve you or someone close to you in need.