Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson opens up about debilitating depression: "I was crying constantly"

Posted on: April 2nd, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is thanking fans after receiving support when he opened up about some of the hardest moments of his life, including his battle with depression.

“Got tons of responses to this. Thank you,” he tweeted, referencing a recent interview with the U.K.’s Express newspaper.

“We all go thru the sludge/s*** and depression never discriminates,” Johnson continued on Twitter. “Took me a long time to realize it but the key is to not be afraid to open up. Especially us dudes have a tendency to keep it in. You’re not alone.”

In the Express interview, Johnson recalled his battle with depression, a topic he often discusses.  “Struggle and pain is real. I was devastated and depressed,” he said. “I reached a point where I didn’t want to do a thing or go anywhere. I was crying constantly.”

For Johnson, it started while growing up in poverty and continued after he witnessed his mother Ata’s suicide attempt when he was just 15.

“She got out of the car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic,” he told the Express. “I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road.”

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

Johnson told the Express that since then, he and his mother have both overcome depression.

“We both healed but we’ve always got to do our best to pay attention when other people are in pain,” he said. “We have to help them through it and remind them they are not alone.”

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