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DeMar DeRozan grateful for inspiring Kevin Love to pen essay about panic attack

St. Louis American - 3/7/2018

Toronto Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan said Tuesday night he is proud his acknowledgement that he suffers from depression helped Cleveland Cavaliersforward Kevin Love open up about his own mental health issues.

In an essay published on The Players' Tribune on Tuesday, Love talked about suffering a panic attack during a game this season and how it led to him addressing his mental health.

"It made me feel, you know, pretty damn good, honestly," DeRozan said about Love's essay. "So it's cool to be able to help somebody."

DeRozan talked with the Toronto Star last week about his bouts with depression, saying they can often become overwhelming.

He said the response to the article has surprised him.

"The last week has been one of the most incredible things that I have witnessed, period," DeRozan said after scoring 25 points in the Raptors' 106-90 win over the visiting Atlanta Hawks. "Everything I got back from it was so positive."

Information from Espn.com contributed to this report.

 
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