However, I am drifting off the main thread here. What can be said to bring it back to the original is that if even with the additional support for ex-servicemen they still feature in large numbers, is it really a surprise that people like Rebecca have problems with a "normal" lifestyle. Research in the US reports that some 30% of athletes will have suffered "depression" in the last year. IT is thought by some psychologists that a number would suffer depression anyway, but add the pressures, hopes, disappointments, lows and highs can exacerbate that vulnerability.
This is an excerpt from an article (Depression in elite sport
So why are so many elite athletes experiencing and admitting to depressive episodes, symptoms and other stress-related illnesses. In truth, a lot remains unknown; one question to explore is; can it be created from the sport itself? Career termination has always been perceived as a significant milestone in a retiring athlete, given the significant influential role of athletic identity. Other transitions experienced throughout an athletes’ career have recently been referred to as “critical moments”; for example, being dropped, injured, relocating or even being promoted to the team captain. With this in mind, can sport actually enhance stress levels due to the additional stressors that athletes’ encounter, like those identified above? Recent research suggests this can, in fact, be the case. For example, a high-performance sport in a competitive setting is suggested to cause distress. Furthermore, the likes of post-injury depression can occur after a sustained absence due to injury.