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"There Were Times I Would Have Rather Been Dead": Kyle Whittingham's Son Praised for Going Public About Depression, Anxiety, and Coming Home Early from His Mission


What a powerful message from Alex and Kyle Whittingham: "If you or someone you know suffers from any type of mental illness, don't be afraid to get help. It could save your life, and theirs." "Please, never be afraid to open up. There's always help for you, and there's always people that care."

Alex Whittingham sometimes laughs at the irony of his diploma.

The Utes’ long snapper graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

“The way the brain works always interested me,” he said.

For the longest time, though, Whittingham struggled to understand his own.

There were years of pain and anguish as he dealt with the effects of anxiety, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). “Fighting through a storm cloud” is how he described it. And that cloud was on the 24-year-old’s mind this summer when he opened up an application on his iPhone and decided to open up to the world.

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