Under my helmet: a football player's lifelong battle with bipolar disorder

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Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing,
Pub. Date:
[2017]
Language:
English
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An athlete's battle with mental illness. Ever since he was a child, Keith O'Neil wanted to play football. Born on the same day that his father, Ed O'Neil, was cut from the New England Patriots, football was all Keith could think about . . . aside from his anxiety. Offered a scholarship to Northern Arizona University, O'Neil jumped at the chance to prove himself. Though it wasn't a Division I-A school, he brought his all, achieving first-team All-Big Sky choice as a junior and senior and earning All-American honors. The Dallas Cowboys offered O'Neil an invite to rookie mini-camp. But while learning the playbook, his anxiety and insomnia returned. Even so, he made the team as an undrafted free agent. His dream had come true. Yet, sleepless nights, constant anxiety, and suicidal thoughts clouded his mind. O'Neil considered stepping away from the game multiple times, even speaking to his coach, Bill Parcells. Parcells gave him the wisdom that "Everyone has a demon in their head, and we have to beat that demon. Beat the demon!" After being released from the Cowboys, O'Neil spent time with the Colts and Giants but still could not escape his inner demons. It finally became too much for him to handle, and he decided to walk away from the game. It wasn't until sometime later that he was finally diagnosed: bipolar I disorder. Finally, everything made sense. Under My Helmet is the personal story of a man working every day to prove his worth while struggling with a debilitating--and undiagnosed--mental illness. O'Neil's voice is honest and open as he shares his battles and the steps he's taken to overcome adversity.
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subject_facetBiographies
Football players -- United States -- Biography
Manic-depressive illness -- Biography
Manic-depressive persons -- Biography
O'Neil, Keith -- Health
title_displayUnder my helmet : a football player's lifelong battle with bipolar disorder
title_fullUnder my helmet : a football player's lifelong battle with bipolar disorder / Keith O'Neil ; foreword by Tony Dungy
title_shortUnder my helmet
title_suba football player's lifelong battle with bipolar disorder
topic_facetFootball players
Health
Manic-depressive illness
Manic-depressive persons
O'Neil, Keith