The Rock Opens Up About Depression

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of the highest-paid, most sought-after actors working today, with a string of hits like “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “The Fate of the Furious.” He’s well-known for his humorous, good-natured social media posts. From outward appearances, it looks as though he has everything.

However, the actor and wrestler recently opened up about his struggles with depression. A few major incidents pushed him into a state of despair. When Johnson was a teenager, his mother attempted suicide in front of him. He claims that she tried to walk into oncoming traffic before he was able to pull her to safety.

He soon sank into a depression of his own. Later, when an injury ended his NFL career before it could begin, he found himself depressed again.

Johnson says that he and his mother both recovered but that it was tough. “I was crying constantly,” he said. On Twitter, he encouraged people — especially men, who might be more likely to bottle up their issues — to seek help. He urged everyone to “not be afraid to open up” and assured that “you’re not alone.”

Johnson’s next action flick, “Rampage,” opens on April 13. It stars the Rock as a primatologist who teams up with a giant ape to save the world from other giant predators. It’s loosely based on the video game series of the same name.

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