Speaking to The Express, Dwayne Johnson has opened up about his experience with depression over the years. “I reached a point where I didn’t want to do a thing or go anywhere. I was crying constantly,” he explained. After fans reached out to Johnson thanking him for speaking up about mental health, he responded on Twitter by thanking everyone and urging those going through a tough time to open up more.
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
10:30 AM – Apr 2, 2018
Dwayne Johnson opens up about depression battle, mom’s suicide attempt
Dwayne The Rock Johnson has opened up about his secret battle with his mental health after suffering from depression for decades.
During his chat, the Rock also spoke about a heartbreaking story from when he was a teenager. Months after he and his mother Ata were evicted from their apartment, he says she attempted suicide; he was just 15. “She got out of the car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic,” he explained. “I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road.”
@TheRock Thank you for talking about depression openly, I know it will help a lot of people to see someone so confident that also had issues with it
Hey man I get it. We all go thru the sludge and shit. Stay strong and make sure you’re talking to good people about it. Us men have a tendency to hold it in. No shame in getting help and wanting to be better.
9:14 AM – Apr 2, 2018
Johnson says even to this day, his mother doesn’t remember the incident. “She has no recollection of it whatsoever. Probably best she doesn’t.”
He added that if he didn’t find the strength to go on after his dreams of being a football player were dashed after a number of injuries, he would have come close to suicidal thoughts himself. “We both healed but we’ve always got to do our best to pay attention when other people are in pain. We have to help them through it and remind them they are not alone.”
When a fan responded to Johnson on Twitter by saying they were suffering from depression, Johnson offered his support, tweeting, “I hear you. I’ve battled that beast more than once.”