Started skimming through the channels and I come across Royce on Dr. Phil, this should be interesting to finally see him speak on the situation.
Where have you been? He has been very vocal about his situation.
I know he's talked about it via twitter etc. I have not seen him on tv talk about it.
Look, I'm sympathetic to people with mental illness, but at the same time he is probably pooching his NBA career, and costing himself millions of dollars. If his mental illness is going to be a huge problem for him as a player and professional, and a potential distraction for the team, why would any NBA team give him a contract? It's not like he's even that talented, he's kind of a tweener forward frankly, so he would be well advised to keep his problems private, see a therapist, and suck it up and ride the &$#%#&@! team plane to the basketball games he's being paid to play in.
You don't seem very sympathetic...
I don't think you've ever suffered from any kind of mental illness because if you knew how it felt you'd be saying otherwise. YES, he makes a lot of money BUT it can't cover up or fix what is going on his mind. Anxiety is a disease that consumes your whole life. YES he is a ball player that makes million but anxiety has NO discrimination, it will attack anyone regardless of skin colour, age and sex... whatever you view is it will attack you. I can respect Royce because he is bringing light to a serious issue that is thrown under the rug in North American culture. In our society our mentality is, "Don't SOFT and just suck it up." For some people that is really hard to understand we have to be considerate and understanding to these kind of people. 1 in 3 people suffer from mental illness and it's something we need to face sooner, rather than later. It's just the close minded people that think it's not a big deal... Ironically, it's those kind of people that suppress their emotions and later in life suffer dearly for not dealing with them now.
I'm happy to see all these intelligent posts here. I don't really have anything else to add to your points, but I'm just happy to see that the vast majority of people on this site aren't as dismissive and even outright hostile as a lot of people have shown themselves to be. Anxiety disorders are nothing to play around with. It's much more likely that people with anxiety disorders will drop out of school, be unable to maintain employment, suffer from depression, and develop substance abuse problems than it is that they will make it to the NBA--or the highest level of any profession for that matter. Royce White has a severe condition and has still managed to do a hell of a lot with his life. I'm not saying he should win a Nobel Prize or be canonized, but if you can't commend him for what he's managed to do despite the effects of his illness, I don't really know what to say.
"Its not like he's even that talented".... are you kidding? No he was just drafted because scouts saw a 6-8 pf... get real.
Also I don't know if you've been around someone that has a panic attack. One of my friends, probably the most confident guy I know, gets panic attacks, and I assure you I couldn't just tell him "hey you stop that." Incredibly ignorant post man.
he should be getting treatment and get therapy and get all the help he can get and just do what ever it was decided that he was doing in the NBDL, eventually he should be able to get to the point where it doesnt affect him as much. There are no quick fixes, but if he puts in the time and effort and the rockets are willing to work with him and be patient then this should eventually go away.
He spoke on outside the lines about it a month ago or so. It was interesting hearing him talk about it. He was more articulate and educated on the subject than I expected.
I have a massive fear of insects, all bugs, doesn't matter what kind(not just spiders only like most people). I've even had butterflies flying within a general radius of me and freak out like I'm about to be punched or something. It's uncontrollable, so I get where he's coming from.
However, it doesn't keep me from going outside. I even force myself when given the chance to kill something like a spider or ant. Granted it may take me some time to muster up the courage to do so, it's like I sit and watch it and strategize for 10 minutes like I'm about to enter a warzone before I finally attempt to do it. Sometimes I even take so long it just simply walks off, then I freak out all night knowing it's somewhere "lurking".
So I guess the moral of the story is I still try my best when given opportunities to rise above the situation despite it giving me a borderline anxiety attack. So I guess I feel like he's not trying that hard to combat it. Sure you can go talk to a therapist, but that does absolutely nothing, only way he can start to recover is to just do it. He may freak out and strategize for 10 minutes but in the end he needs to just do it.
As of yet all I've seen him do is just "accept" it and not even try. So yes I understand and sympathize, but at the same time I feel like he's kind of a wimp. I know I'm a wimp with bugs, but at least I go on and enjoy life outside among them. I'd rather scream like a little girl at the sight of a lady bug than stay in my house 24/7 under quarantine.