“Tattooed” by Trauma

Professional athletes are known for overcoming mental limits to achieve incredible physical feats. 

For some athletes, the “invisible tattoos” of childhood trauma may manifest as an all-important drive to succeed, writes William D. Parham, director of the Mental Health and Wellness Program of the National Basketball Players Association.

But that mentality had led to the stigmatization of having a mental illness.

But Keyon Dooling is an exception. The NBA veteran is a rare, and important example of a celebrity athlete who’s publicly acknowledged their trauma, sought help, and reaped the benefits.

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