I'm rooting for things to work out for Royce. The fact that he hasn't worked on his game nor kept himself in shape makes me wonder if his heart is really in it. Either way I wish him well.
Sometimes I wish Royce would have taken whoever was keeping him on task at Iowa State with him to Houston.
I don't know enough to make judgements about the whole thing, but I sure am still pulling for Royce to make it. He managed to play last year and do nothing to put a bad light on him or Iowa State that we know of. I am sure it took a lot of work behind the scenes within the basketball program, but it can be done.
To get a little more technical and use the DSM-IV (R) that someone linked to earlier; in order to be diagnosed with a mental illness you must display X number of symptoms out of a possible Y number of symptoms that reliably manifest with that mental illness. On top of needing to display X out of Y symptoms, one must display all of these symptoms for a certain period (within last 30 days) or length (having them for the past 6 months) of time. If your issues do not meet these criteria then technically you are not diagnosed with a mental illness. Gambling was brought up as a controversial addiction and it sort of is. If you gamble for a few weeks and lose $10,000 but then stopped or even slowed down then you would not have a mental illness or gambling addiction. Now if you kept up that pace of losing, or even sometimes winning money, but started gambling on more obscure things and were depressed when NOT gambling then you are edging closer to mental illness and addiction (as your depressed behavior is due to your brain not receiving the rush of dopamine and serotonine [? My Brain and Behavior Course escapes me at the moment] from gambling).
This claim that nearly everything in our lives is a form or cause of mental illness is where I start to drift away from Royce. It just sounds too simplistic and defeatist when he explains it. He is correct in that mental illness is an extremely complex issue, but he seems to be on the complete opposite end of the spectrum from those who claim that people just need to "man up" or "get through it cause it isn't that big of a deal". That view of mental illness is wrong and I believe his view that a majority of people in the United States suffer from mental illness is incorrect as well.
Some may say that those two different things are a matter of wording but I think they are two very different scenarios for people diagnosed with mental health issues. I know that it's an obvious oversimplification but why not adopt the philosophy of being "normal" with occasional situational anxiety instead of a person with anxiety disorder who occasionally acts "normal".
I know it's cricumstantial evidence but this works very well for me and my situation (diagnosed clinically depressed in fall 2006). Obviously, there is a huge array of variance with regard to the severity of mental issues and differing diagnoses but I feel that sometimes the labels handed out to group people into certain disorders can impair a persons function and become a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy to become more disabled. Sometimes I feel like that is the situation that Royce may now be trapped in.
Sorry so long and I know it's lame/at the risk of losing all credibility:smile: but whenever this topic gets brought up, I always think of a Barney Stinson quote from HIMYM, "Whenever I start to feel sick, I just stop being sick and start being awesome".
Honestly, this article kind of changed my view on Royce. He should've gone straight to newspapers and TV before turning to Twitter as his outlet. This allows him to show how smart he really is. Some people need to realize that basketball isn't the most important thing, maybe the guy is just trying to change the world a little bit.
Just checked his facebook and sure enough CW is a friend. It's gotta be the same guy. His dad ended up buying the hummer from him.