Lindsey Vonn got candid during a conversation with MSNBC reporter Nicolle Wallace about her mental health journey.
The 37-year-old athlete was a guest on the network’s limited series Deadline: special reportwhere she noted that she was diagnosed with depression.
“I was diagnosed with depression and on medication and I still resisted therapy because I still thought I was okay. And there is nothing wrong with me!’ she emphasized.
Candid: Lindsey Vonn was a guest on the limited series Deadline: Special Report, where she noted that she was diagnosed with depression; seen in september
Vonn initially spoke publicly about her depression when she spoke to People in 2012, but she says the topic needs to be normalized.
The Deadline series focuses on the American mental health crisis and will feature sit-downs with other celebrities such as Taraji P. Henson and Rosie Perez.
About her diagnosis, Lindsey told Nicolle, “I actually only went to the doctor because a friend of mine was diagnosed with depression and had really similar symptoms.
“I went in like, ‘I’m just going to finish this so I can confirm I’m fine. Everything is fine. There’s nothing wrong with me,” she admitted.
Her story: “I was diagnosed with depression and on medication and I resisted therapy because I still thought I was okay. And there’s nothing wrong with me!’ she emphasized
The Olympic gold medalist noted that there is still stigma surrounding mental health conversations, particularly in the sports industry.
“It’s seen as if you can’t be a strong athlete if you’re depressed. You can’t be strong and be weak,” she explained.
Born in Minnesota, Vonn recognized and praised athletes such as Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka for prioritizing their mental health.
Interview: Lindsey got candid during a conversation with MSNBC reporter Nicolle Wallace about her mental health journey
Lindsey also spoke about her late mother, Lindy Anne Lund, who recently passed away after a battle with ALS.
She noted her mother’s ability to stay positive about life, even when she was dying.
“Obviously, when she was diagnosed with ALS, she was very sad — it’s terminal. She cried and the next day she said, “Today is another great day.”
“And every day since then, she said, ‘Today is going to be a great day.'”
Appearance: Vonn was recently on The Kelly Clarkson Show, where she spoke about her late mother Lindy Ann Lund, who died of ALS
She added: “She was dying and she was positive. When you think about your own struggles, I think, “How can I not be positive? How can I look on the bright side like my mom did?” Because if she can see it, then I sure can.’
Vonn was recently on The Kelly Clarkson Show, where she talked more about her mother’s impact.
On Instagram, she teased in a caption: “Watch my segment on the @kellyclarksonshow today! I talked about my mother, my book, my insomnia and entered a cooking competition with my friend @chelseahandler and @wolfgangpuck.”
Lindsey’s memoir, Rise: My Story, was released in January.
Loved ones: Lindsey mourns her mother’s death, but says she inspired her to stay positive through mental health issues
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