This episode of the Grim Drive Podcast, where we explore mental health through the lens of professional sports and athletes, takes a look at Robin Lehner + PTSD.
Our previous episode covered Josh Gordon + Substance Abuse, during which we discussed the prevalence of underlying trauma in those struggling with substance abuse or addiction issues (some research reports this number as high as 70-75%). That episode focused more on addiction as a topic. In this episode on Robin Lehner, a Swedish Hockey goalie in the NHL, we delve into trauma/PTSD as the main mental health topic.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), more than two-thirds of children reported at least one traumatic event by age 16. The definition of trauma has evolved, now including any type of abuse or neglect, violence (experienced/witnessed/vicarious), sexual exploitation, loss of a loved one, refugee or war experiences, assault, accidents or life-threatening illnesses, and bullying.
Trauma can lead to the onset of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, though this doesn’t always happen, and we still don’t fully understand why some develop PTSD and others do not. What we do know is that weakness is NOT the cause and that when PTSD is present, many other mental health issues can also form as a result. Robin Lehner is someone who reports being diagnosed with PTSD due to childhood trauma, which then caused Bipolar Disorder, when then eventually contributed to substance abuse issues. In this episode, we unpack this complicated diagnosis and discuss PTSD in more detail.