A deadly disease … and the shadows of competitive sports
Depression is one of the most common brain diseases, affecting people of all social strata, cultures and nationalities. There are currently about 340 million cases of depression worldwide. About half of all depression is recognized, half of which remains untreated. 10-15% of all depression patients commit suicide.
Widespread depression – every seventh German is affected! A frightening number who rightly fear, because depression is a taboo in society and is hushed up … or killed. Most recent case: Robert Enke, former goalkeeper of the German national football team.
Many celebrities fall ill with depression. Britney Spears, Robbie Williams, Mariah Carey, Sven Hannawald, Sebastian Deisler, DJ Ötzi, Sissi, Brooke Shields, Joan Rowling, Ernest Hemingway – the list is long and always a craving for the media. But it also meets the average consumer, and how! According to estimates by the Federal Ministry of Health, more than 4 million Germans currently suffer from severe depression with suicidal thoughts.
The most common disorders are sadness, depression, inner restlessness, anxiety, listlessness and insomnia, in addition to stomach, head or back pain. The thinking of the sufferer becomes more and more negative, depressive fits let him fall into the void and present to him a hopeless and listless present and an even more hopeless future. Depression triggers can be genetic or neurobiological factors, stress, medications or hormones, as well as unfavorable living conditions, learned helplessness, loss of amputee or trauma.
But there is hope: depression can be treated well. However, since many sufferers out of shame or fear do not want to accept help, it comes again and again to suicides (more men than women).
Drug of choice are antidepressants. Their active ingredients brighten the mood and give the patient their drive back. Psychotherapy also helps, it is mainly cognitive, analytical, deep and conversation psychology worked.
“For inpatients, the recovery rate is over 80%,” reports Manfred Wolfersdorf, a professor at the Psychiatric Clinic Bayreuth. “The best results are achieved through a combination of medical and psychotherapeutic treatment, also exercise, light and massage help.”
Back to the case Enke: A successful competitive athlete, at the height of his career, loses the fight of his life. The depression was stronger than the love for his wife Teresa and football. Was it the athletic lows of FC Barcelona and Fenerbahce Istanbul that devoured him? Was it the tragic death of his daughter, who died of a heart defect at the age of 2? Or did Robert Enke always have self-destructive thoughts in him?
The business “professional football” is not for the faint of heart. The commercialization of the game puts the gun on the players’ backs, always having to work. Those who make mistakes are eliminated and literally “executed” by the press in public. The pressure to perform grows superhuman, players can be “healthy splash” to not lose their place, do not dare with mental health problems to Vereinsychologen (if there is even a team), out of fear, promoted to the siding and as ” stupid “because every physical and mental problem is recorded and recorded in the medical record of the player. The fewer entries there are, the better the player has the chance of contract renewal and salary increase. So he can not get sick, otherwise he loses his job and his chances on the job market fall drastically. This pressure forces him to deliver top performance at all times and under whatever circumstances. But a person is “only” a human and not a robot, so crashes and the associated anger, pressure and stress are inevitable.
Robert Enke is not the first footballer to suffer from severe depression. Young talent Sebastian Deisler also caught it in 2003, when he was traded as the savior and messiah of German football. The then 23-year-old was all too much, constantly plaguing him injuries, finally he fell into a deep hole, because he could not meet the high expectations and demands on him, the pressure. But he was lucky in misfortune: doctors and psychologists recognized his mental illness in good time and treated him well again. Today, Sebastian Deisler is a successful author and wants to deal with the human trafficking business football nothing more, to his former teammates at Bayern he has broken any contact. Franz Beckenbauer said about him: Deisler is “one who crawls and complains about his woes.” Edmund Stoiber commented as follows: Deisler is “one of Bayern’s biggest loss business.” And Jürgen Klinsmann: “For me the biggest disappointment that we failed to keep Sebastian Deisler playing football. ”
Based on these statements you can see what an incredible pressure on top athletes weighs and that they are seen only as a “business”. Officials, trainers and investors are all about success and money, not about the player as a person, who he is, who he is. The death of Robert Enke shows that in professional sports and in dealing with the athlete as “human” something has to change, but at the same moment with Enke’s death money is made again, his death is commercialized and he is a legend in the “football heaven “Hoisted and adored, jerseys, scarves, posters and flags with his face and name are made and sold to the mourning fans for good prices. Something similar happens with Michael Jackson, who brings more profit in the dead than in his lifetime, the death only has to be properly marketed. A sad realization, but that’s the way our world works.