Depression and Anxiety of the Injured Athlete (Kacie Breeding's Story)

Updated: Sep 2, 2020

What I have discovered through my athletic career is that although every athlete has a different journey, we all have a lot more in common than anyone would originally think. I believe that most applies in the realm of mental health. Around 5th grade, I started to realize that I felt different than other kids. I would get really nervous for games (I grew up playing basketball, lacrosse, and soccer) and I would get pretty upset when I played poorly --much more so than other kids I played with. At first, my parents, and later I, would convince myself that I was just really competitive. But then, as I moved through middle school, and eventually into high school, the pressure I was putting on myself was in everything: sports, running, school, other extracurriculars, and it was insurmountable. I was unusually strained compared to my classmates and teammates. I would have a hard time talking and eating the days of tests and competitions and if I did poorly, for hours or days afterwards I would shut down completely, not wanting to talk to anyone or eat anything. I ended up self-isolating a lot