American basketball player highlights anxiety in the workplace

November 23rd, 2012

Earlier this week, Anxiety UK was alerted to an American basketball player, Royce White, who has been so affected by his anxiety, it has led to difficulties with his career with the Houston Rockets. Royce is reported to suffer from Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and fear of flying, at times making it difficult for him to travel and train with his team, leading him to recently travelling by bus to avoid having to get on an airplane.

White has said in interviews that whilst he wants to be a successful basketball player, he will not put his health in jeopardy in order to achieve this.

“We know all too well that anxiety can be a barrier to what we most want to achieve in life,” said Anxiety UK CEO, Nicky Lidbetter. “We applaud Royce White for being honest about his difficulties and hope that his experience will shine a light on how employers should treat talented staff who also happen to live with anxiety. Despite common opinion, anxiety sufferers can also be outstanding, productive and valued employees.”

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For more information about Royce White and his anxiety, click here.