Cambage opens up about depression

Australian basketball star Liz Cambage has penned a powerful article about her day-to-day battle with anxiety and depression.

Cambage sat out some recent games with the WNBA's Las Vegas Aces and explained she wanted to tell the "truth of what's been going on with me".

"I know that, on the surface, people are 'ready' to talk about mental health," Cambage wrote in The Players Tribune on Sunday.

"But are they really?"

The 27-year-old Australian Olympian described how she had been sober for months but at the recent WNBA All-Star weekend in Las Vegas it "spiralled into partying ... which spiralled into drinking ... which spiralled into exhaustion".

After an August 1 game against the LA Sparks, she "completely lost it".

"I found an empty hallway outside the locker room, still in my uniform and started to panic," Cambage wrote.

"I couldn't breathe.

"I couldn't stop crying.

"I was having the most uncontrollable anxiety attack - a full-on breakdown.

"I had to call for help."

Cambage sat out two recent WNBA games and was listed as "Did Not Play-Rest" but she said the accurate description was "DNP-Mental Health".

After the Sparks game she had "some difficult conversations with some people who care about me - and some conversations with myself that were long overdue".

She decided to go back on her medication.

Cambage returned to the court for the Aces on Friday and dominated with 28 points and 11 rebounds in an 87-84 win against the Chicago Sky.

She supports the NBA's new rule to have a mental health professional on the staff of every team but questioned why the WNBA did not do the same.

"We're probably not at a place yet - and we probably won't be anytime soon - where the official box score is actually going to say something like DNP-Mental Health," Cambage wrote.

"But in the meanwhile ... here's your Liz Cambage injury update:

"She was day-to-day with anxiety and depression - and she still is.

"To be honest, she probably always will be.

"And you know what?

"That's OK."

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