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Donovan McNabb Is Clearly Suffering From Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

You can’t help but feel a bit sorry for Donovan McNabb. Despite his “Escape From Philadelphia,” where the sports fans are routinely the poster children for Bipolar Disorder in that they will love you one moment but despise you with the same passion a second later, McNabb is obviously still suffering from the years of abuse at the hands of Philly’s fans and media.

That’s right: Donovan McNabb is clearly exhibiting the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. We’ll review the symptoms in a moment, but I believe the following notes from his introductory press conference (video here) earlier this afternoon are proof positive that McNabb is suffering right now. Via the AP:

McNabb said he believes “in finishing what you started,” but he spoke in positive terms of his time in Philadelphia, even saying he hopes he’ll be cheered when he plays there with the Redskins this season.

Holy crap, man. McNabb has been so traumatized by his years in Philadelphia that he must have completely wiped – or at the very least – suppressed – the experiences from his memory. First of all, he spoke in positive terms? There are few professional athletes who have been more mistreated by the hometown fans than McNabb. Secondly, he hopes to be cheered? Eagles fans didn’t even cheer the guy when he was wearing their jersey, now he believes they will cheer him while playing for a hated rival? His condition is much worse than I originally suspected.

Below are some of the symptoms exhibited by a person suffering from PTSD. See for yourself.

  • recurrent re-experiencing of the trauma (for example, troublesome memories, flashbacks that are usually caused by reminders of the traumatic events, recurring nightmares about the trauma and/or dissociative reliving of the trauma)


  • avoidance to the point of having a phobia of places, people, and experiences that remind the sufferer of the trauma and a general numbing of emotional responsiveness

We’ll have to wait and see on this one.

  • chronic physical signs of hyperarousal, including sleep problems, trouble concentrating, irritability, anger, poor concentration, blackouts or difficulty remembering things, increased tendency and reaction to being startled, and hypervigilance to threat

Most definitely check. Just watching film of  him playing over the past couple of seasons a quack psychiatrist could have easily diagnosed McNabb. Someone in Donovan’s inner circle needs to get him so help pronto.

McNabb starts ‘new chapter’ as Redskins QB [AP]
Video: Donovan McNabb’s introductory press conference [The Phanatic]