Sad ... but it's not that uncommon. People tend to 'ignore' mental illness, but it hits more people than you think. I think it's somewhere about 1 in 4 of us that will experience some form of mental health problem in a year (a year - that means that we're all likely to experience some problem in our lifetime).
Luckily (in a way), at least footballers have the resource to tackle the problem (both financially and medically) given their environment - as long as they are able to see that they have a problem in the first place.How many footballers have we seen that have developed addictions etc over the years - even the Saintly Sir James Greaves had a drink problem.
I just hope the man realises that he MAY have a problem and tries to get some help. Recognising that a problem may exist is the first step in curing any illness.