Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Shares The Story Of His Secret Battle With Mental Condition And One Rule That Helped Him Deal With It
Lately, Dwayne "The Rock’" Johnson has been starring in so many films, but things weren’t always that good for the man. The former professional wrestler doesn’t look like someone who can suffer from depression. However, it is true. Recently, Johnson confessed about his struggles with mental health and how he had saved his mother from a suicide attempt.
Dwayne says that he reached a certain point in his life where he couldn’t do anything, didn’t want to solve anything, and was constantly crying for days. He then realized how it is not just bad but extremely destructive to suppress and try to keep those negative feelings bottled in. Dwayne Johnson stresses the importance of embracing and sharing all the feelings men typically try to hide behind their manly chests:
There’s just a DNA, there’s a wiring in us and a constitution that oftentimes doesn’t let us talk about when we’re scared or vulnerable or things like that. It’s kind of like what’s been deemed as toxic masculinity.
The mother’s suicide attempt
At the age of 15, he nearly lost his mother to a suicide attempt when the latter tried to walk into oncoming traffic. Reportedly, Dwayne miraculously managed to pull his mother to the side and saved her life. The actor shared an interesting detail about this horrible incident:
What’s crazy about that suicide attempt is that to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever. Probably best she doesn’t.
Happy Mother’s Day Mama Rock. The OG Johnson matriarch holding it all down. It’s incredible when I think about what this woman has been through. What she’s had to overcome. Like so many mothers out there, sacrificing so much to do her best to raise a good (most of the time;) boy into a good man. My gratitude, love and respect is boundless. And even though she looks high as a kite in this picture, truth is she’s never hit that Devil’s Lettuce. Unlike her son. Never mind. #HappyMothersDay
How did The Rock deal with depression?
The main idea Dwayne is trying to convey is that depression doesn’t discriminate. We all go through it at some point. Some of us, though, can fall victim to the overwhelming feelings and become seriously ill.
The Rock wants to share his story as an example of what is healthy and what is not:
We as men have a tendency to hold all that in, which is not healthy, it's not good. Depression doesn't discriminate, so if my past can help, then I'm happy to share. One of the most important things that I know helped me with the multiple times that I had gone through my own episodes of depression, was making sure that I was talking to people.
Sure, it is not only men who tend to hide their feelings, but women can also get depressed. The one and only rule, in this case, is to open up to someone you trust, and what’s even better is to seek professional help. Remember, there’s nothing shameful in depression! We all need help from time to time!