"I was self medicating with alcohol because that's what I thought was making me happy to help me get out of that depression to a point where I felt like I had some sense of happiness", the former Heisman Trophy victor said during an exclusive interview on "Good Morning America" on Monday.
"Going back throughout the last couple years of my life I was self-medicating with alcohol, because it's what I thought was making me happy and helping me get out of that depression to the point of where I felt I had some sense of happiness", he said.
Manziel said he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder about a year ago. He said he has since stopped drinking and is taking medication for bipolar disorder.
Manziel was playing for Texas A&M when he become the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. Where did it get me? I can't help the way my mental makeup was created.
"I had a sense of entitlement about what I'd accomplished at the age that I accomplished it", Manziel said. "But at the end of the day, staring at the ceiling by youself, and you're back in that depression, you're back in that hole, that dark hole of sitting in a room by yourself super depressed, thinking about all the mistakes of your life". But I know if I stay on these meds and I continue to do what I am doing right now.
Manziel said the ultimate goal is to get back into the NFL.
"Now the question you asked is, 'Is that sustainable?' and 'Would that be the case moving forward?'" Manziel said. He started eight games over a two-year period with the Browns, at times flashing his huge potential, but largely displaying a lack of maturity both on and off the field. "And I'm sitting on the couch being a loser". There was a chance when I thought the Manziel story would have a very tragic end. I'm doing my job, and I'm going to move on.
He said it has been painful to watch National Football League players do what he wants to be doing and could have been doing while he is "sitting on a couch being a loser".
Manziel's off-the-field issues are well documented, and his excessive partying and behavior outside of football left the Cleveland Browns no choice but to release him.
Johnny Manziel is making an effort to get back into football, but first he's chose to open up on the mistakes that sent him out of the NFL.
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