Dwayne Johnson on depression: Speak up and ask for help, you are not alone

Dwayne Johnson on depression: Speak up and ask for help, you are not alone

It is hard to believe that the world’s highest paid actor, Dwayne Johnson, popularly known as “The Rock” once struggled with depression. The wrestler-actor said that it his struggle with depression that lead him to WWE that ultimately opened the doors to a successful acting career in Hollywood. In a recent tweet to a young fan, Johnson admitted about his longtime struggle with depression and urged that those battling depression should ask for help.

Though Johnson has been vocal about his depression, he discussed his fight against depression in detail on Oprah’s Master Class series in 2015. He said that during his fight against depression, he found that he was not the only one to suffer and how he wished that there was someone at that time who could have pulled him aside and said that it was going to be ok. He also said that when someone undergoes depression, they are in a bubble and they feel that it is only them experiencing it.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), an estimated 16.1 million American adults in 2015 had at least one major depressive episode in the past year and public figures like The Rock show how depression spares no one.

The Rock experienced the first bout of depression at 23 years while living with his parents. Johnson said that his struggle with depression started from his failure to be drafted by the NFL. In addition to this, what added to his mental agony was him being cut from his team in the Canadian Football League. This pushed the wrestler-actor toward negative thoughts. The Rock said this was the phase that encouraged him to try out wrestling. Despite opposition from his father Rocky Johnson, The Rock’s decision to choose wrestling was his best decision ever as he went on to become a WWE superstar. Johnson made his debut in wrestling in 1996 against Brooklyn Brawler. After a successful stint in WWE, The Rock made his first appearance in Hollywood in 2001 with the film, “The Mummy Returns”.

In his latest tweet to his young fan, Johnson shared how men too experience depression but do not have the courage to ask for help. He urged people battling depression to speak up and ask for help and realize that they are not alone.

Depression among celebrities

More and more celebrities are expressing their struggles with depression and other mental illnesses in public. They also admit to taking counseling sessions or go to rehabs to deal with their depressive episodes. Two more celebrities who chose to become public recently about their struggles with depression are American actress and singer, Selena Gomez and famous rapper and actor, Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, popularly known as Kid Cudi.

Selena Gomez’s fight struggle with depression and anxiety

On the American Music Awards (AMAs) night, held recently, celebrities and fans across the globe heard Selena Gomez deliver her acceptance speech in which she talked about her struggle with mental health issues. The singer talked about her recent stint with anxiety and depression and confessed how despite having everything it made her feel broken inside. During the speech, Gomez also thanked her fans for their continuous loyalty and support throughout her period of struggle. In addition, the singer also urged people suffering from mental health condition to not consider themselves alone and to seek help and treatment.

Kid Cudi’s fight against depression

While many celebrities chose to talk about their struggle with depression, another celebrity chose the rehab way to deal with it. In October 2016, Kid Cudi posted an emotional letter to his fans on his Facebook page, describing his lifelong struggle with depression and how it stopped him from living his life. He shared how he was not at peace and felt like a damaged human being. The rapper and actor checked himself into rehab after battling severe depression and suicidal urges. After his rehab, Cudi performed for the first time recently at the inaugural ComplexCon event in Long Beach, California.

Recovery road map

Depression does not discriminate; it can happen to anyone. If you know someone who is suffering from any mental health issue, contact Sovereign Health to find the best mental health facilities in California. You can reach out to us at our 24/7 helpline number 866-973-7164 or chat online to know about the top depression treatment centers in California.

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