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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a highly recognized public figure for his success in both the entertainment and sport industries as an actor and wrestler, respectively. Although his nickname can be credited to his ring name from his professional wrestling days, The Rock clearly proves that his strength expands beyond physical prowess in his recent interview with The Express where he opens up about his teenage battle with depression.
He recalls his mother’s suicide attempt when he was 15 years old, particularly his memory of that moment as a very dark time in his life.
In the interview, Johnson describes the magnitude of his pain: “I reached a point where I didn’t want to do a thing or go anywhere. I was crying constantly.”
His mother has no recollection of her suicide attempt, which Johnson believes is for the best; however, his battle unfortunately does not end there.
Periods of feeling really low persisted in his life, from losing the ability to pursue his professional football dreams after experiencing multiple injuries to the “worst time” of his life where his relationship ended with his girlfriend.
Fortunately, things started to turn around in Johnson’s life, which allowed him to rule the two somewhat contrasting worlds of wrestling and acting. Not everyone is as lucky when it comes to pushing through mental health struggles. Johnson implies that he is cognizant of this fact as he shifts the conversation back to the situation with his mom.
He could have attempted suicide like his mother, but he found strength inside of himself to keep moving forward. He recognizes the importance of opening up about these struggles, which is why he shares his story.
Got tons of responses to this. Thank you. We all go thru the sludge/shit and depression never discriminates. Took me a long time to realize it but the key is to not be afraid to open up. Especially us dudes have a tendency to keep it in. You’re not alone
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 2, 2018
“We both healed but we’ve always got to do our best to pay attention when other people are in pain,” he said. “We have to help them through it and remind them they are not alone.”
Beautifully said. Thank you for your honesty, The Rock.
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