Fans are praying for Dwayne Johnson after she shared his heartbreaking personal struggle.
Johnson, also known as ‘The Rock’, has had a remarkable career as a professional wrestler turned actor.
He’s starred in several blockbuster films like Black Adam, Fast & Furious and Jumanji.
Known for his charisma, strong physicality and versatility, the 51-year-old has become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
Now, he’s opened up about some of the ongoing battles in his personal life.
Learn more about Dwayne Johnson’s mental health battle below…
Muscle-bound Johnson is now demonstrating his strength in a different way, by opening up about his experiences with depression.
In a recent interview on the podcast The Pivot, the former WWE wrestler urged other men to be honest about their own mental health struggles.
Johnson revealed that his battles with mental health began years ago, but at the time, he lacked the vocabulary to express his feelings.
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Reflecting on his early years, he shared: “I left school, but the interesting thing at the time is, I didn’t know what mental health was.
“I didn’t know what depression was. I just knew I didn’t want to be there.”
The actor spoke about his personal journey, highlighting his struggle with depression following the end of his college football career, and his divorce from his first wife, Dany Garcia, in 2008.
During this period, he was able to identify his depression and leaned on his friends for support.
He says: “I knew what it was at that time and luckily I had some friends that I could lean on and say, ‘Hey I’m feeling a little wobbly now. I got a little struggle happening’.”
He said being aware of his ‘mental pain’ and talking to someone about it has made all of the difference.
“I’ve worked hard over the years to gain the emotional tools to work through any mental pain that may come to test me,” he adds.
“As men, we didn’t talk about it. We just kept our heads down and worked through it. Not healthy, but it’s all we knew.”
However, he emphasised the significance of breaking this pattern and engaging in open conversations about mental health.
One fan wrote in the comments of the episode: “Man I’m glad they talked about depression and mental health.
“The Rock is one of my biggest inspirations to improve myself.”
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), an estimated 21 million adults in the United States experienced a ‘major depressive episode’ in 2020.
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While depression affects both men and women, symptoms can manifest differently in men, often leading to anger or aggression rather than sadness.
This discrepancy can make it harder to diagnose depression in men, and they are less likely than women to seek treatment or discuss their struggles, as reported by the NIH.
Advocates like Johnson, who have personally struggled with discussing mental health, are now encouraging other men to reach out for help.
He emphasised the importance of talking to someone and labelled it as a superpower.
By sharing his own journey, Johnson aims to dismantle the stigma surrounding mental health in men and empower individuals to prioritise their well-being.
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