670 The Score/Chicago's Dan McNeil Returns After 6-Week Absence
April 10, 2012 at 3:57 AM (PT)
DAN MCNEIL has returned to middays at CBS RADIO Sports WSCR-A (670 THE SCORE)/CHICAGO, and he told listeners that he was off the air for six weeks dealing with depression and substance abuse.
TIME OUT CHICAGO's ROBERT FEDER reports that MCNEIL said that he had run into problems after he decided to quit taking Lamictal for depression due to its side effect of fatigue, and the subsequent "descent was rapid and it was immediate ... "I experienced what best could be described as a nervous breakdown. And finally I decided it was time to hit the brakes on it and get some help. And that’s what I chose to do." When he sought treatment for the depression, he also checked into treatment for substance abuse, saying "It’s weed. It’s alcohol. I can’t have it. I need the Lamictal, and I can’t have the substances."