Nearly every major story about BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum mentions his happy outlook and relentless optimism. Mangum has revealed those traits are a product of a conscious team effort.
Mangum wrote in a social media post Monday, "Not many people know that I suffer from mild depression and anxiety." Daily medication and regular counseling sessions enable him to deal with the condition, he said.
He acknowledged the disclosure "might be surprising," considering his outward appearance that hides "personal struggles underneath the surface."
That's true. The natural reaction of any of us who have written about Mangum's disposition might be to think we were tricked. That's not the proper response. What he chose to reveal about himself, and when to do it, were personal decisions.