The crippling effect of anxiety has been documented by popular YouTuber and 100 Thieves owner, Matt ‘Nadeshot’ Haag.
The former professional Call of Duty player has been open about his mental health throughout his career, and has revealed in the past he often struggles in certain situations and can spend days at a time shut off from the outside world.
Nadeshot rose to prominence as a professional Call of Duty player under OpTic Gaming, but following his retirement from competing in 2015, he went on to focus on content creation both on YouTube and Twitch.
In 2016 he created the 100 Thieves brand, but it wasn’t until late 2017 that the org really took off, teaming up with the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA team and being accepted as one of the ten NA LCS franchises.
Despite the tough times throughout his career, Nadeshot has revealed that the greatest challenge he’s ever faced is anxiety.
Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear and can come in many different forms. In some instances, it can lead to a panic attack that can result in a shortness of breath, shaking, sweating and other problems.
Nadeshot posted a statement about his anxiety on Twitter on the evening of Sunday, May 7th.
“Anxiety has to be the hardest challenge I’ve faced throughout my life. It comes unannounced, uninvited and aggressively as it pleases. There are never signs of anxiety slowing down or getting better, you’re always on its schedule or at its will. It is the one thing I truly hate.”
Anxiety has to be the hardest challenge I’ve faced throughout my life. It comes unannounced, uninvited and aggressively as it pleases. There are never signs of anxiety slowing down or getting better, you’re always on its schedule or at its will. It is the one thing I truly hate.
— 100T Nadeshot (@Nadeshot) May 7, 2018
His Tweet garnered a significant response from other high profile personalities, who shared both their support and empathy at his situation.
Anxiety and imposter syndrome might be the hardest things I’ve battled in my life. I had a bad stint of depression as a teenager but once I made it through that, I’ve been okay in that regard. But anxiety and imposter syndrome have been constants.
— Jacob Wolf (@JacobNWolf) May 7, 2018
Dealt with it my whole life, shit sucks
— Anthony Wheeler (@NAMELESS) May 7, 2018
Hang in there Matt.
— FAZE TEEQO \ JAKOB (@Teeqo) May 7, 2018
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