Dwayne Johnson: I Was Devastated And Depressed

Andie Manahan

April 3, 2018


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It’s hard to picture our favorite muscle man as anything other than ‘The Rock’ – strong, solid, and awesome – but Dwayne Johnson fought a secret battle with depression growing up, saying, if he not found the inner strength to carry on, he could easily have become suicidal.


On Feburary 1, he posted a behind-the-scenes photo from his HBO show Ballers with the caption “Not your typical scene on our comedy #ballers, as I cracked a beer open toasting my character’s brother, William who committed suicide.”


He then recounted his first encounter with depression, “My mom tried to check out when I was 15. She got outta 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.”


He later opened up about his own bout with depression in an Interview with Express, sharing “Struggle and pain is real. I was devastated and depressed. I reached a point where I didn’t want to do a thing or go anywhere. I was crying constantly.”

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He then shared his low points in life – when his dreams of playing professional football was shattered because of injuries, his girlfriend broke up with him shortly afterwards. Thankfully, he recovered and went on to rule wrestling, then acting, and is now the highest paid actor in Hollywood.


The overwhelming response he got from his story prompted the Rampage actor to Tweet a thank you and share more insights about the debilitating mental illness: “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.”