Since Holdsclaw retired from the game of basketball her battle with mental illness continued. In 2013, she pleaded guilty to assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony after a November 2012 altercation. Eventually, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She’s now traveling the country to advocate for mental health awareness and to dispel myths along the way.
“When people see that a person has mental issues, you hear the word ‘crazy’ … they think they can’t function,” Holdsclaw said. “They don’t really have confidence in a person because they view them as a ticking time bomb and my job is to really help change the conversation and to tell people, if you follow your regimen and get the help that you need, you’re going to be able to live a healthy and prosperous life.