Former Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel was featured on Good Morning America this morning, where he talked about his struggles off the field, including the revelation of having bipolar disorder. You can watch the five-minute segment below.
Former NFL star @JManziel2 reflects on 'mistakes,' reveals bipolar diagnosis in an exclusive interview with @tjholmes. https://t.co/gZfdnK5Ybz pic.twitter.com/eZl0XPpUzN— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 12, 2018
“I had a sense of entitlement of accomplishing what I had accomplished at the age I had accomplished it. I got go ingrained in only caring about what Johnny wanted.”
Manziel said his ultimate goal is to get back into the NFL. Asked if he was still drinking, Manziel said he wasn’t. “Here’s the way I look at it. Going back throughout the last couple years of my life, I was self-medicating with alcohol. That’s what I thought was making me happy and helping me get out of that depression to a point to where I thought I had some sense of happiness. But at the end of the day, when you’re left staring at the ceiling by yourself, and you’re back in that depression and back in that dark hole ... thinking about all the mistakes in your life, where did that get me? Out of the NFL? Disgraced?”
Manziel says that this year, he started taking a look at his mental health and making it a priority in his life, which includes taking medication for bipolar disorder, which he says he was diagnosed with around June or July 2017 at a facility in California.
“I’m working to make sure I don’t fall back into any kind of depression, because I know where that leads me.”
Regarding his professional career, he has a CFL contract waiting on him. He chose not to discuss his domestic violence charge that was dropped at this time.