Will Heininger suffered in silence.
The 2011 Michigan graduate was a defensive tackle on the school’s football team and a four-time Academic All-Big Ten winner. Despite playing Division I football at a storied program and thriving at one of the nation’s most prestigious public universities, Heininger quietly battled depression. He hid the affliction from his teammates, friends and coaches.
Editor’s Note: How many people at some point in their life find themselves just “going through the motions”? The treatment of conditions such as depression and anxiety disorder are prevalent facts of life in American society. The author, a graduate student at the United States Sports Academy, makes some excellent points about things that all of us need to watch for in our own lives.