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Anxiety Like Huff's Misunderstood

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Some fans have been unsympathetic since Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff was placed on the 15-day disabled list this week with anxiety disorder. The theme of the mocking on sports-talk radio and the Internet: How tough is your life when you're making $11 million this year playing a kid's game?

That attitude misses a larger point, mental health experts say. While fame, adulation and high salaries are the rewards for some professional athletes, it often comes with stress to meet expectations. And Huff is only the latest ballplayer to become overwhelmed and show that even the best athletes are still human.

"Most people don't have a clue about the pressure these athletes are under," said Greg Dale,...

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