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Colin Wilson opened up about the fact that until recently, he's been living with an untreated case of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Wilson was told by Predators psychologist Gary Solomon back in his 2009-10 rookie season that he had OCD. The team noticed it based on his preflight routine, which involved Wilson cleaning up every single piece of the trash around the gate and then wait to make sure he was the very last passenger on the plane. After that, he would always talk to the pilots. At the time though, he shrugged off the idea that he had OCD because he felt fine. He's coming forward with his story now though because he wonders what might have happened had he taken those initial warnings more seriously. Eventually his OCD took over his life. He'd fear things like his skates laces not being tied, so he'd retie them over and over again until his hands bled. He was in constant fear of getting injured and not being good enough and he couldn't sleep properly. To cope with that, he started alternating between taking Xanax and Seroquel, but ultimately the pills were seemed to just further amplify his poor state of mind. He hit bottom during the Predators' run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2017. "It became so bad that I remember when we beat Anaheim to win the Western Conference finals, everyone on the team was, of course, really happy. But all I wanted to do was go home and bawl my eyes out. I was a complete emotional wreck," Wilson recalled. Things are still difficult for him and he thinks he's probably played in his last hockey game, but since that low point in 2017, he's been seeking help from a variety of sources and that's been providing him with some positive results.
Added Oct 29 10:15 am (EST)
Added Oct 29 10:15 am (EST)
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