CAMP LEJEUNE, ONSLOW COUNTY - Former NFL player Herschel Walker visited Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune Monday morning to talk about his experience with mental health treatment.
Walker has dissociative identity disorder, better known as multiple personality disorder. He said with his violent streak, his Christian faith and his competitive nature getting mixed up, he needed to get help.
"Sometimes, you can lose track of time," Walker said. "It's sort of like you become someone else to overcome a situation. I have a personality that won the Heisman Trophy. Shoot, I have one that won an NFL rushing title, but I also have one that wanted to kill me."
Walker shared his story with sailors and Marines like Alexsander Hernandez, to show them it is okay to seek treatment.
"To know that he was a person like me who was at that level. Famous or not, everybody has issues, and I could really understand what he was saying," Hernandez said.
Hernandez and has been treated for about five years for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after being involved in a helicopter crash. It was hard for Hernandez to open up about the experience, which Walker said many service members go through.
"They have to be these macho, macho people," Walker said. "They're defending this country, so they have to be tough all the time."
Hernandez said he knows that it is a Marine's nature to help others Through therapy, he now feels more confident asking for help himself.
"Everybody needs help and that's okay," Hernandez said.
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