Mental health professionals speak out after former Cavaliers star Delonte West videos go viral

January 21, 2020 at 3:26 PM EST – Updated January 22 at 10:57 AM
By Dan DeRoos
Cleveland 19

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) -The viral videos of former Cleveland Cavaliers star Delonte West being beaten on Monday in Maryland, then giving police a discombobulated statement is bringing new focus to mental health issues.

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It is public that West has struggled with mental health, including bipolar disorder.

“Bipolar disorder is a severe mental illness that causes dramatic shifts in a person’s mood, energy and ability to think clearly,” according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). “People with bipolar experience high and low moods, known as mania and depression, which differ from the typical ups-and-downs most people experience.”

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