To put it lightly, Naomi Osaka’s decision to withdraw from the French Open shocked a lot of people this week.
In a two-page post on her official Instagram account, Osaka opened up about experiencing bouts of depression since the 2018 US Open. She also discussed wearing headphones to quell her social anxiety, whilst also giving a brief shout-out to some of the “cool” reporters and availing herself for talks with sports officials about ways to “make things better for players, press, and fans.”
Be yourself so the people who need you can find you. — Arlan Hamilton
At a time when conversations around mental health are becoming more prevalent, particularly for women, it’s important not to leave PTSD out of the conversation.
Trigger Warning. This article contains content that may be triggering. It includes a discussion of alcoholism, PTSD, abuse, trauma, mental health, and sexual abuse.
The first time I saw any depiction of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was in 2010 when the Tyler Perry movie “For Colored Girls” came out in theatres. …