Tyronn Lue reveals he’s being treated for anxiety
Tyronn Lue has stated he feels much better ever since taking a leave of absence during the regular season. And Lue’s return to health appears to be how he is being treated for anxiety.
A statement released by the Cavaliers upon Lue’s leave of absence noted the coach was suffering from “chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep.” Lue would return for the last few games of the regular season, although he has since admitted he may have came back a bit too soon.
The Cleveland Cavaliers head coach revealed a battery of tests determined anxiety was in large part the cause of his health issues.
“I’m glad it wasn’t anything serious,” Lue told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols ahead of Game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday night. “Just anxiety, and the medication I’m on is great. No more chest pains, so everything’s been great.”
The two weeks Lue was away from the Cavaliers helped him figure out the lifestyle changes that were needed to get his health back on track.
“I think for the first time in my career, 20 years, I had a chance to focus on me. It wasn’t as bad as people thought it was. But I did have some chest pains for the last couple of years. And I was just trying to be able to get through it not knowing what was wrong with me,” Lue told Nichols. “So the two weeks I took off, just finally had a chance to focus on myself and change my diet. Hired a chef. Stopped drinking as many Shirley Temples. And stopped with the sweets and got back to taking care of myself. Now I feel great.”
Mental health has been a prevalent topic of conversation in the NBA this season. DeMar DeRozan bravely admitted to dealing with depression and Kevin Love revealed an issue with panic attacks during the season. With Lue, among others in the public eye, revealing their own battles with mental health issues, perhaps it will inspire others to seek out help if and when it’s needed.