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‘Super Depressed’ Johnny Manziel Opens Up to GMA About Bipolar Diagnosis: ‘I Was Miserable’

Johnny Football is opening up about recently being diagnosed as bipolar.

In an interview with Good Morning America, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel is going public in an effort to get back to the NFL.

“I’m watching other guys doing what I want to be doing,” Manziel said. “And I’m sitting on the couch being a loser.”

Manziel — whose issues with substance abuse and violence have been well documented — told GMA what he believes to be the root cause of his problems.

“I had a sense of entitlement about what I’d accomplished at the age that I accomplished it,” Manziel said. “And I got so ingrained in only caring about what Johnny wanted. Even when I thought I was doing what I wanted, I was miserable.”

And the former Texas A&M and Cleveland Browns quarterback went public with his bipolar diagnosis:

I was self-medicating with alcohol. It’s what I thought was making me happy and get out of the depression to a point of where I felt I had some sense of happiness. But at the end of the day, you’re left staring at the ceiling by yourself. And you’re back in the depression and back in that hole — that dark hole of sitting in a room by yourself being super depressed, thinking about all the mistakes you have made in your life. What did that get me? Where did that get me except out of the NFL? Where did that get me? Disgraced?

I went a solid five months until I fell back into a bit of a depression where I didn’t drink. I didn’t do anything. But still, you know, I was going to therapy. And, the difference that I know this year is, I started taking a look at my mental health a little bit and making it a priority in my life and really making it a priority in my life. To where I’m taking medication for bipolar. And I’m working to try to make sure I don’t fall back into any type of depression.

Watch above, via ABC.

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