Talking About Anxiety and OCD

There are many misconceptions attached to mental illness, which can make it hard for athletes dealing with it to share their struggles. Deciding to talk to your coach about having OCD/anxiety requires vulnerability and strength. Below are tips on when, how, and how much to disclose.

In addition, if you have a teammate who struggles with mental health, you’ll find some conversation starters and tips on how to be there for them. 

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