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Cricket News: Ben Stokes discusses his battle with depression and anxiety
Cricket News: Ben Stokes discusses his battle with depression and anxiety
Cricket News: Ben Stokes discusses his battle with depression and anxiety
Cricket Cricket News: Ben Stokes discusses his battle with depression and anxiety

Cricket News: Ben Stokes discusses his battle with depression and anxiety

Cricket News: Ben Stokes, the captain of England’s Test team, has continued the conversation on mental health by admitting he still takes an anxiety medication despite taking a six-month vacation to take care of himself.

As he was experiencing a string of panic episodes after losing his father to brain cancer over two years ago, the 31-year-old took a year off from the sport to concentrate on his mental health.

He made the decision to stop playing one-day cricket public in July, citing the “unsustainable” strain of competing in all three game types.

“I never thought I would be on medication to help me for that kind of stuff. I am not embarrassed or ashamed to say it because I needed the help at the time,” Stokes said in an Amazon documentary, which will be released on Friday.

“But it’s not done just because I’m back playing. I still speak to the doc, not as regularly, and I’m still taking medication every day. It’s an ongoing process.”

Due to the England hierarchy’s lack of support, Stokes claimed he harboured great anger against cricket. He also questioned whether he was “playing for the wrong people” because he had not been able to spend enough time with his sick father, Ged, who passed away in 2020 from brain cancer.

“So I had a real thing with cricket at the time I took a break. I was really angry at the sport because it was dictating when I could see my dad,” he told the Telegraph in an interview.

Ben Stokes started to experience anxiety and panic attacks and underlined the value of talking openly about mental health. He eventually quit playing sports because it was not in human nature to act fine.

“I find sometimes people are a bit nervous to go into the detail about that kind of stuff with me. It’s perceived you can’t feel a certain way – that’s a sign of weakness to show that you are not mentally feeling great,” he said.

“People think they can’t ask people who have struggled. No. It’s fine. I’ll happily tell you as much as I possibly can.”

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