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Dave Kitson admits he tried to kill himself during battle with depression

Mirror logo Mirror 7/12/2018 Liam Prenderville

Former Stoke and Portsmouth striker Dave Kitson admits he tried to kill himself as he battled depression.

Kitson, 38, also had spells at Reading and Cambridge before hanging up his boots in 2015.

After making his way up into the Premier League, he admits he struggled to cope with the money and fame that came with it.

"I have been fighting my own battle for years. As things got bigger, the space I had to move became smaller until I felt it choking me. Depression is cruel. At certain moments it has rendered me helpless," Kitson writes in the Sun.

a man playing football in front of a crowd © Credits: Birmingham Post and Mail

Birmingham Post and Mail

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The striker joined Portsmouth in 2010 as the club battled problems both on and off the pitch.

He admits he "shouldn't have been anywhere near the training ground" during his dark period of depression.

Pompey fans criticised Kitson's performances and he felt he couldn't come out and tell people about his struggles.

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"I was non-functioning and hopelessly lost and eventually the illness convinced my brain the best thing for everybody concerned would be if I found a way to put an end to it all," he adds.

"I was officially diagnosed at Portsmouth by a fantastic doctor called Greg Warner, after I’d deliberately driven my car into the concrete pillar of a bridge."

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