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Milwaukee-area basketball coach Brandon Mattox opens up about his battle with depression

Brandon Mattox said he jokingly referred to himself as “functioning depressed.”

New Berlin West head coach Brandon Mattox objects to a call during the game at Pewaukee on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo: Scott Ash/Now Media Group)

It wasn't a condition easily noticed by friends. He’s always been outgoing, with an uncommon patience that serves him as a special education teacher and a basketball coach. He’s easy to talk to and prides himself on being a leader.

“Nobody around me had a clue,” he said. “Some of my closest friends were like, ‘Why didn’t you say something, why didn’t you come to me with this?’ ... I didn’t feel like it would have been successful.

"We get so caught up in expectations. My expectations were that I’m not supposed to say I’m feeling (this way). I'm supposed to say,

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