Former Town striker Martyn Waghorn opens up about depression battle
PUBLISHED: 14:01 10 August 2019 | UPDATED: 14:01 10 August 2019
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Former Ipswich Town striker Martyn Waghorn has opened up about his battle with depression during a spell playing in Scotland.
The 29-year-old, who was a firm favourite at Portman Road, revealed he was diagnosed with depression during the 2016-17 season while playing at Glasgow Rangers.
Waghorn, who scored 16 goals and got 11 assists during a successful season for the Blues in 2017-18, lifted the lid on his mental health struggles during an interview with The Telegraph.
The frontman, who moved to Derby County from Portman Road in August 2018, said the demands of playing for Rangers, a fall-out with manager Mark Warburton and injuries during his second season at Ibrox all contributed.
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He told The Telegraph: "Having my family around in the city, I found what was most difficult was how intense playing for a club like that was. "Everywhere you go you get questioned, followed, photographed. In the press or on social media. That's the side I struggled with. I am quite quiet and family-orientated. Not performing to the level I wanted in the second season was when I started to struggle.
"I got injured at the start of the new season. I think that is where it escalated. I started to struggle off the field and with the demands of playing for the club. Not being fit. Not doing as well as I could have done. The team were struggling and that was when I struggled to cope with it all. This is when I kind of got diagnosed with depression."
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The striker said it was after a game against Dundee in February 2017 that he knew he had a "genuine issue".
"For me [being diagnosed] was a big shock," he said. "I have always thought of myself as an open, happy person. To hear that was a big struggle. It all made sense.
"How I was as a person was translating onto the pitch. I remember away at Dundee just after I spoke to the doctor, I could not think about the game.
"My mind was completely away with it. I was receiving passes and my mind was going blank. And that was when I knew this was a genuine issue."
The Derby striker sought help from independent counsellors and praised the Scottish FA for their support.
He added: "It was a difficult period in my career coping with the demands of playing for Rangers. It is not something I have spoken about publicly. "From where I am at now I am delighted I can say I have got through that difficult period with help from my wife, and my family."