Iowa senior OL Sean Welsh opens up about depression
Iowa senior offensive lineman Sean Welsh penned an op-ed Wednesday that chronicled his struggle with depression.
Welsh started battling depression as a redshirt freshman in 2014, when the yet-to-be diagnosed mood disorder had him eating less and spending more time in front of the TV than with friends.
“It was every dimension of terrible,” Welsh wrote. “And I kept wondering what was wrong.”
Fast-forward to the spring of 2015, and Welsh left the team to “hit the eject button.” He went home, he started to see a therapist more often, and he was officially diagnosed with depression. A few months later, feeling much better, Welsh was back in Iowa City and practicing with the team.
Welsh, along with Josey Jewell and Matt VandeBerg, will attend Big Ten media days Monday and Tuesday in Chicago.