Dwayne Johnson Opens Up About Secret Battle With Depression

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Dwayne Johnson Opens Up About Secret Battle With Depression


Growing up, everyone had their favorite Hollywood star. They either portrayed our favorite heroes and heroines, the much needed comic relief character, or were our favorite super villains.

No matter what role they played, we loved them, and thought their lives were picture perfect, just the ending of every movie.

While celebrities may seem like superhumans, we have to remember aside from the money and fame, they're just like us, and go through hardships too.

One of these A-listers is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, 45, who recently revealed he struggled with depression after he saved his mother from committing suicide when he was 15 years old.

While we often see the more upbeat persona of the pro wrestler turned actor, Johnson shared the intimate details of his battle with mental illness, and how it changed his life.

Two months ago, he detailed his mother's harrowing ordeal on Instagram: "My mom tried to check out when I was 15. She got outta [sic] the car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic. Big rigs and cars swerving outta the way not to hit her."

"I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road. What's crazy about that suicide attempt is to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever. Probably best she doesn't," Johnson added.

"I reached a point where I didn't want to do a thing or go anywhere. I was crying constantly," Johnson told The Express.

But, that wasn't the only overwhelming situation Johnson would go through. His lifelong dream to become a professional football player was dashed after he sustained several injuries. He eventually joined the Canadian Football League, but was let go from his contract less than a year later.

Things only turned from bad to worse for Johnson when he ended his relationship with his long-term girlfriend.

"That was my absolute worst time," he said.

Luckily, Johnson's life took him into a different direction and he joined World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. in 1996 and would transition into a Hollywood A-list actor about a decade after.

Johnson said he and his mother have since keep their mental illness under control, and is now urging his fans to seek treatment, as they are not alone.

"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," the actor added.

If you or a loved one suffers from depression, don't ever feel embarrassed in getting help.

[H/T: The Express]

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