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'Everything was negative. Dark.'

Updated: November 3, 2004, 12:15 AM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Mystics star Chamique Holdsclaw says she left the team in the middle of the WNBA season because of depression.

Holdsclaw, then the league's second-leading scorer, stopped playing for the Mystics in July to deal with an undisclosed medical issue. She felt afraid and ashamed to discuss what was wrong with her, she told The Washington Post in her first interview since her departure.

"Depression, people just don't realize how it can take over your mind," said Holdsclaw, ...

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