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Ex-WNBA standout Chamique Holdsclaw feels free from ‘mental prison’

The Associated Press

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – Chamique Holdsclaw is trying to get her life back in order after being trapped in what felt like a “mental prison”after her arrest in November.

The former WNBA standout was treated for depression until being diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder after breaking the car windows of WNBA player Jennifer Lacy with a bat and firing a shot into the vehicle.

Lacy, 30, told police she was Holdsclaw’s former girlfriend.

Holdsclaw, 35, pleaded guilty in June to aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and other charges resulting in three years’ probation and a $3,000 fine.

“It has been like a mental prison because it was real uncharacteristic of me,” Holdsclaw said Tuesday after helping to host a youth basketball camp.

Holdsclaw said her attorneys helped her work with a forensic psychologist who studied her medical records dating to 2002, when she was diagnosed with clinical depression and worked with a psychiatrist.

Holdsclaw said it was discovered she really had bipolar 2 disorder, with high levels of irritability and impulsiveness.

“I hate that this situation occurred,” Holdsclaw said of her crime. “I feel like I’ve hurt my family and also the victim’s family, but it’s been a great thing in helping me move forward. Now I’m on the right medication.”

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