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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Opens Up About Battle With Depression: 'You're Not Alone'

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You'd be hard pressed to find a more successful person than Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The once professional wrestler turned Hollywood mega-star is among the highest paid people in show business, and is beloved around the world for his turns in action-packed thrillers like the Fast and the Furious franchise, children's movies like Moana, and laugh-out-loud comedies like the recent Jumanji reboot. However, Johnson's life has had its ups and downs, and, in a recent interview with The Express, he opened up about his struggles with depression and why it's so important to reach out when someone is in a dark place.


Johnson revealed his "worst point" was in his teens, when he witnessed his mother's attempted suicide:

She got out of the car on the Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic. Big rigs and cars were swerving out the way. I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road.

His mother has no memory of walking out onto the highway.

What's crazy about that suicide attempt is that to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever. Probably best she doesn't.

Dwayne was incredibly affected by the incident, which was followed closely by a break-up.

I reached a point where I didn't want to do a thing or go anywhere. I was crying constantly.

But both he and his mother pulled through and learned from their darkest hours.

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 response on Twitter has been overwhelmingly positive. For one of the biggest stars in the world to speak openly about his depression makes a huge difference to many.

Johnson personally reached out to some of the people who responded to him on Twitter:

The Rock suffered from depression, and went on to become...The Rock. If you feel like you need to talk, check out these resources:

Everyone should take Dwayne Johnson's advice. If you're in a dark place, or know someone who is, reach out.

H/T - Twitter, The Sun, The Express

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