Poverty, mother’s suicide bid and shattered dreams led ‘The Rock’ to depression
For those who think Hollywood is all about glitz and glamour, it is time to think again. In the latest confession by one of the top Hollywood celebrities, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson opened up about his battle with depression and how it left him “devastated and crying constantly.” In a recent interview with The Express, the 45-year-old star said that the darkest time of his life was when he “didn’t want to do a thing” or “go anywhere”. Talking about his depression, Johnson acknowledged that the “struggle and pain was real” and it left him “devastated”.
According to Johnson, his “inner struggles,” were a result of living in poverty and witnessing his mother attempt suicide when he was 15 years old. His mother had tried to kill herself by jumping in front of the oncoming traffic on Interstate 65 in Nashville months after being evicted from their apartment. While “big rigs and cars” served out of the way, he “grabbed and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road.” Recalling the incident, Johnson admitted that his mother had “no recollection” of the episode.
Post witnessing his mother’s suicide attempt, the Hollywood star saw his dream of becoming a professional footballer destroyed when he suffered multiple injuries. The highest paid star of Hollywood said that his battle with depression intensified when he did not make it to the NFL list. Moreover, he was cut from his team during the Canadian Football League. Shortly afterwards, his girlfriend left him. However, undergoing his lowest period paved the way for him to try out wrestling. Leaving his football dream behind, “The Rock” went on to become a successful professional wrestler before he joined Hollywood in 2000.
On healing and helping others
Recollecting his phase of depression as his “worst point,” Johnson admitted that he would have become suicidal, just like his mother, had he not found his “inner strength” and the support of his family to pull him through his “darkest phase”. According to Johnson, although both he and his mother have healed, they constantly try to pay attention to other people in pain, so that they can help them through their tough period.
Characterized by sadness, loss of interest, feelings of guilt and poor concentration, depressive disorders can be recurrent or long-lasting and affect an individuals’ ability to carry out day-to-day functions. A devastating illness, depression, affects millions across the world with an estimated 10.3 million American adults (aged 18 years and above) suffering from at least one major depressive episode in 2016. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression affects over 300 million people worldwide with poverty, unemployment, substance abuse, physical illness or stressful life events such as the death of a loved one increasing its probability.
Depression can be treated
Untreated depression can have far-reaching consequences and can lead to suicidal ideation. Therefore, it is advisable to seek immediate treatment for the debilitating mental health condition at a reputed rehab center. If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, it is imperative that he/she enrolls into a professional depression treatment program.
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