Acing Depression. A Tennis Champion's Toughest Match by Cliff Richey, Hilaire Richey Kallendorf PhD, Jimmy Connors

By Cliff Richey, Hilaire Richey Kallendorf PhD, Jimmy Connors

Chronicling the tumultuous lifetime of the original bad boy of tennis, this attractive memoir describes one man’s public conflict with medical melancholy. Cliff Richey was once most sensible recognized for the 1970 season within which he received the Grand Prix, the Davis Cup, and was once first within the American tennis score. He was once additionally popular for his tantrums and boorish habit that served to masks an inner, darkish fight. Describing torturous days during which he could position black trash baggage at the home windows and lay in mattress crying for hours, this brutally sincere narrative stresses that melancholy is a psychological sickness which could have an effect on an individual. Documenting his 10 yr struggle for keep watch over of his brain, aided by means of antidepressant medicine, the selection and power that afforded him the nickname of “The Bull” is highlighted. Expressing the enjoyment of feeling sturdy for the 1st time in his lifestyles, this deeply relocating tale of nightmare and redemption serves to inspire and encourage an individual whose life...

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But we both knew exactly what that match meant. She knew and I knew. I remember trying to wind myself up to go out there the next day. Stan had a serve-and-volley, attacking style of play. I was more defensive with my playing style. The match was on hard court. Everyone knew that the surface favored Stan. But I was better on fast surfaces than people gave me credit for. Nonetheless, the perception was that I was invading his bailiwick, his backyard. I knew I had to get a high percentage of first serves in.

He didn’t realize I was asleep until I woke up, sitting there, and asked him what we were doing out in the car. My childhood night terrors might have been an early form of panic attacks. I probably had quite a few of them, but some I don’t remember. The part of your brain that’s experiencing it goes underground later and gets lost. One can only imagine how much it affected me at the time. It’s hard to describe the sensations you experience during a night terror. It’s a nightmare. It’s a dream that’s just so realistic.

They fit together. She was neurotic because of his drinking. He in turn drank because she was neurotic. Garnie came from a Czech family. She was one of the kindest people you could ever meet—and she would give you anything. She loved animals and would feed any creature that came to her back door. She had nearly 50 cats and Dadda didn’t like them. He would take her cats and twist their necks off and throw them in the garbage. His nerves were right out there on his skin as he was coming off a drinking bout.

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