The recent death of the three North American athletes have pushed the doctors ' attention to the problem of depression among athletes. Players and fans of the National hockey League Canada were shocked by the death of Rick Ripen and Derek Buganda. Also recently committed suicide skier Jereth "speedy" Peterson, winner of the Olympic Winter games in Vancouver.
Although doctors are widely discussed health effects of doping and concussions, the problem of depression, prevalent in professional sports, still received little attention.
Rypien suffered from depression for ten years, and the disease repeatedly threatened his career in the NHL. Bogard was found dead at home in may, the doctor found that he drank the lethal cocktail of painkillers and alcohol. Peterson also long suffered from depression and killed himself at home.
The uniqueness of the problem of depression among athletes is that they try to hide the problem, according to Dr. don Malone, a psychiatrist from the Cleveland clinic. The need to fight for their place in the NHL seriously affected the emotional well-being of the players.
Only in America is diagnosed with depression 14, 8 million Americans who treatment are only 7 million. When the athletes are at the peak of his career, nor are experiencing severe stress, trying as much as possible to stay afloat.