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Mitchell Johnson breaks down on SAS Australia as he reveals he has been suffering crippling depression since he was a young boy and played professional cricket to hide it

By Jabeen Waheed For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 09:04 GMT, 26 October 2020 | Updated: 09:46 GMT, 26 October 2020

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Mitchell Johnson candidly discussed his battle with depression on Monday night's episode of SAS Australia.

The former cricketer was left noticeably panicked and upset after he froze and failed to 'shoot the enemy' during the earlier challenge.

During an interrogation with directing staff Mark 'Billy' Billingham and Ollie Ollerton, the 38-year-old explained that his lack of confidence stemmed from professional cricket no longer helping him 'block' his struggles with mental health.

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Brave: Mitchell Johnson [pictured] candidly discussed his battle with depression on Monday night's episode of SAS Australia

Brave: Mitchell Johnson [pictured] candidly discussed his battle with depression on Monday night's episode of SAS Australia

Mitchell informed viewers of his backstory, saying: 'In 2011 in South Africa, I just wasn't enjoying myself. I wasn't enjoying being a professional cricketer and, I guess, being looked at and judged all the time.

'I just took everything personally. I was physically exhausted, and I was mentally exhausted, as well.'

During his interrogation, Mark and Ollie asked why his demeanour had entirely changed following the gruelling earlier challenge.

'I just thought about it too much, just the lead-up of it.'

Struggles: The former cricketer was left noticeably panicked and upset after he froze and failed to 'shoot the enemy' during the earlier challenge

Struggles: The former cricketer was left noticeably panicked and upset after he froze and failed to 'shoot the enemy' during the earlier challenge

Candid: During an interrogation with directing staff Mark 'Billy' Billingham and Ollie Ollerton [both pictured], the 38-year-old explained that his lack of confidence stemmed from professional cricket no longer helping him 'block' his struggles with mental health

Candid: During an interrogation with directing staff Mark 'Billy'

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