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SEC Champion Swimmer Discusses Mental Health

By Braden Keith, SwimSwam, 09/13/18, 12:00PM CDT

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"Sure, I still have my hard moments. You can’t be perfect, and it's okay to take a step backwards every once in a while. But I am finally moving forward and getting better."

2017 SEC Champion Maddy Banic has opened up about her dealings with depression, anxiety and alcohol abuse in hopes of helping others in the situation.

In a personal blog post, Banic explains that it was an anxiety attack that caused her to be taken away from the 2017 NCAA Championships in an ambulance. She says that after medicine and therapy didn’t help improve her mental health, she turned to alcohol and would eventually enter a rehab facility.