Dwayne Johnson Opens Up About Depression Battles: 'As Men, We Didn’t Talk About It. We Just Kept Our Head Down And Worked Thru It'

Dwayne Johnson shared that he first felt depressed when he was at the University of Miami and he injured his shoulder

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Dwayne Johnson Opens Up About Depression Battles: 'As Men, We Didn’t Talk About It. We Just Kept Our Head Down And Worked Thru It'
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson recently got candid about his personal life and the actor shared some of the most stirring details. During a recent appearance on The Pivot podcast, the Black Adam actor opened up about his battles with depression. 

The actor maintained that he first felt depressed when he was at the University of Miami and he injured his shoulder, which kept him from being able to play on the football team, The Hollywood Reporter reported.  

"I didn't want to go to school," he said. "I was ready to leave. I left school. I didn't take any midterms, and I just left. But the interesting thing, at that time, is I just didn't know what it was. I didn't know what mental health was. I didn't know what depression was. I just knew I didn't want to be there, wasn't going to any of the team meetings, wasn't participating in anything."


The Rock also elaborated that he couldn’t work out due to his injury, making things worst as he was an athlete. 

"Years later, I went through it again when I got a divorce. Didn't know what it was," he continued. "Years later, around 2017 or so, went through a little bit. I knew what it was at that time, and luckily, at that time, I had some friends who I could lean on, and say, 'You know, I'm feeling a little wobbly now. Got a little struggle happening. I'm seeing a little grey and not the blue.'"

The actor said that his "saving grace" during his bouts of depression has been his three daughters and "being a girl dad," sharing, "You look at them, and you realize, 'Well, I mean, really, this is what it's all about.'"

Johnson also revealed how he tries to apply gratitude in his life and find the good things which has helped him through his mental struggles. He also shared how emotional tools helped him cope with it, again stressing that he didn't know what mental health struggles were for several years.

"As men, we didn't talk about it. We just kept our heads down and worked through it. Not healthy but it's all we knew," he wrote. "If you're going through your own version of mental wellness turning into mental hell-ness, the most important thing you can do is talk to somebody. It can't be fixed if you keep that pain inside. Having the courage to talk to someone is your superpower. I lost two friends to suicide. Talk to someone. Despite how you may feel, you're never alone," Johnson shared on Instagram.

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