At the height of her career, the pressure continued to mount. The death of her grandmother triggered mental issues that led to a diagnosis of clinical depression. As an athlete, Holdsclaw says it’s a difficult task to admit to your mental shortcomings. As an African-American, the challenge is even more daunting.
“The African-American community is a community based on faith. A lot of the source of our strength is church,” the six-time WNBA All-Star said. “For so long we think that’s the No. 1 thing that will get us through anything. It’s, ‘Oh, pray … pray away!’
“In this case, when you’re dealing with a chemical imbalance, you can’t just pray that away. You can use that as assistance, but you have to go and get help.”