Gillian Carleton, Olympic bronze medalist in track and a professional road cyclist with Specialized-lululemon is taking a break to get treatment for her depression. Kudos to her for talking openly about the issue and doing what is necessary for her health.
I am done with living like this. I cannot be a good teammate, a good athlete, a good daughter, a good girlfriend, when my head and my heart and my lungs and my legs are begging so desperately for a break. For years I have been able to keep my frantic anxiety and mania at bay with cigarettes, with alcohol, with antidepressants and sleeping pills, with cuts that get bigger and more numerous on my arms and legs...but now I am scared of what might happen if I stay silent any longer.