Depression and Cycling
Cyclists are not immune to mental illness, particularly depression.
come to realization with why they might be depressed. Medications aim to restore the natural balance of brain chemicals causing the symptoms. Depressed athletes may need more encouragement from physicians and trainers to seek treatment for their illness because seeking treatment may be interpreted as a sign of weakness or lack of mental toughness. Following treatment, most people can return to normal levels of function.
In conclusion, depression is a very common but under-recognized disease especially in high level athletes. Treatment is safe and effective and may restore athletes back to previous level of training or competition. If you suspect that you or someone you know is depressed, encourage them to see their health-care provider for further evaluation.