Pistons’ Derrick Rose opens up about having PTSD as a kid growing up in Chicago
Former Chicago Bulls star and current Detroit Pistons point guard Derrick Rose was at the University of Illinois-Chicago on Thursday. The former MVP opened up about his rough childhood growing up in Englewood with a single mother.
Rose, now 31 and a father of three, says he had PTSD as a kid, via Eric Woodyard of ESPN:
“When I was younger, we used to have a lot of things that used to happen in my house and on my block to where I kind of got PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) in a way. I’ll be downstairs in the basement doing something and I’d hear somebody playing upstairs and I’d run up there thinking somebody was bursting in our house about to attack my cousin … this girl,” the Pistons floor general described.
“She used to beat up everybody in the neighborhood, like she would beat up somebody and I would think they were coming back for revenge. So any little bumps or sounds in the house, I’m scared, or at night I would hear something and get scared because I was thinking that these people came back.”
Rose actually lived in a crack house for a little bit as a kid. His upbringing in Chicago was a lifestyle no kid should have to go through.
As he has gotten older, Rose has become more open. He published a documentary which came out last April and released an autobiography in September with the help of Bulls Hall of Fame writer Sam Smith.
With the Pistons this season, Derrick Rose is averaging 18.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists. He’s shooting 49.0 percent from the field, 30.6 percent from beyond the arc and 85.9 percent from the free-throw line.