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Byron Jamar Terry copes with depression as a high school football player

Byron Jamar Terry has just about wrapped up the month of September for the high school football season, while receiving interest from colleges.

The defensive back took an unofficial visit to Florida on April 6 and most recently on Sept. 17, as well as Florida A&M on April 23.

Terry also went to camps at Clemson (June 7), Wake Forest (June 8), North Carolina (June 9) and North Carolina State (June 10).

This weekend, the 2017 prospect makes another unofficial visit with a trip to Samford.

But having an opportunity to continue his academic and athletic career at the next level intertwines with Terry’s personal struggle – living the last five years trying to withstand depression.

In addition, last October, Terry was left with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder-like symptoms after being robbed at gun point.

“It was real wild for me because I’ve never been through that or seen that,” he said. “It happened in broad day light. I still have nightmares about it, but I’m managing.”

Terry shared his daily battle, growth and support system during a Q&A with The Subway Alum.

When did depression begin to affect your day-to-day life? Well my depression kind of started around 2011, it just wasn’t back then what it is now. As I got older and learned more about the things around me, it got worse. Just living situations from time to time, my parents being divorced, and me just not being happy, and I couldn’t find an outlook to be happy.

How do you go about managing and coping on a daily basis? I manage with prayer and my faith. I’ve always looked to God and those close to me for guidance. Also, prescribed medication has been applied. But with my faith, I’ve survived a lot of things. Being robbed at gun point, dealing with PTSD depression, my parents being divorced, moving a lot, and that’s not even the half. But I survived it all and it’s helped me grow as a person.

What role has family, friends and coaches played in supporting you? My family has played a big role. My mom has always helped me, especially anything to see me happy. Friends have helped as well. A few teammates of mine to mention, like Josh Mays. He’s helped me to deal with that a lot, and just being there to talk to. He wasn’t the only one, but he was someone I’d look to.

What tends to trigger these depressive stages? I can’t really tell you what triggers. Sometimes I’ll just walk around sad and in a bad mood, and what not, and sometimes for no real reason. I’ll fake a smile from time to time just to keep folks from worrying too much. And with depression, especially in teenagers, suicidal thoughts come into play. And with me, I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve felt that way before. I’ve been down, but I always got up, and I want other folks to know they can too.

What kind of a role does football play in dealing with depression? Football plays a role in my depression. It helps me cope with it from time to time, but that wasn’t really the thing that suppressed it. I didn’t use football as an outlook all that much. If football was going well for me at the time, then I’d be okay, but that didn’t determine whether I was depressed or not.

What are your thoughts on how the high school football season is going so far? My thoughts on the season so far are it’s going well. I just gotta keep working. It’s a team game. We can make it far, just gotta stay humble.

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4 Comments on Byron Jamar Terry copes with depression as a high school football player

  1. Byron goes to my school and has always been a joy to be around. He puts other first and his faith is something he wears on his sleeve. He always asks how my days is and is the sweetest guy I’ve ever talked to. He is great.

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  2. Man this kid is one of the most spiritual strongest dudes I’ve talked to and I haven’t even met him in person. Just talked through social media and such. He’s a strong kid, he’ll get through this. I’m dealing with some of the same stuff man I feel him, Stay up B, Gods got you. He’s got us. Always

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  3. Byron is a good friend of mine . I love him so much because his personality is very similar to mine and he lights up my day with a smile or a nice text . His light always is shining. He always goes above and beyond to make sure he is reaching out helping others while still getting closer and closer to where he wants to be which is a professional football player . I am going through similar things as well . However I choose to never let it show . I continue to work hard , put other before myself , but how much can a person physically , mentally, and emotionally take. Though We try to be perfect we never can or will be . I love him and will continue to help him as well as myself while we are on this dark path going through a dark time in our lives .

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  4. Byron is a good friend of mine . I love him so much because his personality is just so bright. He always lights up my day with his smile or a kind friendly text . However I did not know he was going through such deep things . This just goes to show looks are deceiving and you never know what anyone is going through so never judge . Me and Byron have similar personalities and we are such strong willed people with drives that are out of this world . I, myself actually have similar symptoms which I am not surprised . I don’t open up and tell anyone but I am so happy Byron had the courage to do so . We do so much for people working hard, putting others before ourselves but we must ask when are we going to start doing for us ? We can try to be perfect but we never can or will be . I love you so much Byron and I will continue to walk with you on this deadly , dark path to help you as well as myself .

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