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Former WWE Wrestler and Hollywood actor Dwayne Johnson recently opened up about his long battle against depression during his teenage years. The actor said he sunk into years of depression after watching his mother attempting to commit suicide.
The actor said he experienced a dark period in life where he constantly cried and did not want to do anything. He after his conversation with an international publication took to his social media and posted a message that encouraged men suffering from depression to open up and seek help.
“Depression never discriminates,” the 45-year-old actor wrote to his 12.7 million Twitter followers on Monday. “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.”
“I reached a point where I didn’t want to do a thing or go anywhere.” I was crying constantly,” said the Fast and Furious film star. The actor in his interview recounted how he was devastated after he saw his mother walking into the oncoming traffic in an attempt to commit suicide after they were evicted from the apartment.
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“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,” he recalled.
The actor said, he and his mother have recovered and her mother does not remember this horrific accident of attempting to take her own life.
“She has no recollection of it whatsoever,” he said. “Probably best she doesn’t.” “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.”
Johnson rose to prominence as a professional wrestler “The Rock” in the 1990s and has been considering entering into politics soon. According to the Forbes, he is Hollywood’s second-highest-paid actor, earning $65 million in 2017.
Johnson is now expecting his second child with girlfriend Lauren Hashian. The couple is together since 2006 and already has a two-year daughter Jasmine.