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'It's being in that dark place,' DeRozan opens up about his struggles with mental health

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SAN ANTONIO, TX - OCTOBER 23: Dejounte Murray #5 and DeMar DeRozan #10 of the San Antonio Spurs walk on the court during the game against the New York Knicks on October 23, 2019 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photos by Logan Riely/NBAE via Getty Images)

San Antonio Spurs' DeMar DeRozan continues to push public awareness about mental health while in the NBA "bubble" in Orlando, FL.

DeRozan is a passionate advocate for mental health and during his chat with Olympic legend Michael Phelps, the Spurs guard opened up about feeling like he is in "solitary confinement" and being in "dark places" where he feels a sense of provocation.

"It's definitely that same type of feeling - solitary confinement. For me, it's being in that dark place and it seems like everything triggers you. You can't figure out a reason why it's triggering you," said DeRozan with Taylor Rooks.

Said DeRozan: "There been times where I struggled being in a room full of people and feeling like I'm in there all alone."

During the NBA hiatus while he was in self-isolation to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, DeRozan spoke with Dr. Kensa Gunter a Clinical Sport Psychologist on handling life at home during the quarantine during an NBA Instagram chat.

His goal was to help people dealing with the mental stress of being alone.

"I think this is definitely beneficial for everyone who's trying to figure it out every single day. At the end of the day, we're all in this together," he said.

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