Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is known not only for his incredibly fit physique, but his contagious, up-beat attitude -- which is why many were surprised to see him open up about his on-going battle with depression.
Johnson says his struggle hit its peak when his mother, Ata, attempted suicide when he was just a teenager.
"My mom tried to check out when I was 15. She got out of the car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic. Big rigs and cars were swerving out of the way. I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road," he told The Express. "What’s crazy about that suicide attempt is to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever. Probably best she doesn’t."
Got tons of responses to this. Thank you. We all go thru the sludge/shit and depression never discriminates. 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— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 2, 2018
"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 concluded.
Hey man I get it. We all go thru the sludge and shit. Stay strong and make sure you’re talking to good people about it. Us men have a tendency to hold it in. No shame in getting help and wanting to be better.— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 2, 2018
Alright, when is Mr. Johnson's induction into the Hall of Fame of Human Beings going to happen? https://t.co/lykDEKICjZ— Ol' Griff (@gmaxwell6) April 2, 2018
I will be honest, literally the last person on Earth I would suspect to suffer from depression is The Rock. You just seem so motivated and in complete control of your entire life. If there was anyone I thought who would have it all together, it would have to be you. https://t.co/xE6stg4pcz— Dan Hughes (@danlmantheman) April 2, 2018
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's secret battle with depression: Star reveals he was 'devastated and crying constantly' ... years after witnessing his mother's suicide attempt at age 15 @therock https://t.co/41nSd6gwPb— MSN South Africa (@MSNSouthAfrica) April 2, 2018
If you feel like you have no reason to live, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for help and support.— The Lifeline (@800273TALK) April 1, 2018
Cool Mother's Day story.. early am flight and I'm sittin' across from my mom when out of the blue she looks around the plane, then looks at me and says "Son, I can't believe the life I have.. grandma and grandpa would be so proud." I asked her, "Are you happy ma?". Just then the flight attendant placed my moms breakfast down on the table and my mom said to me, "Am I happy?.. I used to worry about how I was going to buy groceries for us and now I just had my breakfast placed down in front of me". She bursts into tears and says "Yes, son I couldn't be happier". This is the woman who when I was 14yrs old we were evicted out of our apartment in Hawaii 'cause we couldn't afford the $180 per week rent. At this moment Im shaking my head and smiling quietly (as my mom blows her nose;) 'cause she just told me she's happy. And y'all know when our parents tell us they're happy, its so satisfying for us, 'cause it means we've done a good job for them as their kids. Happy Mother's Day to all the deserving amazing mamas out there. And Happy Mother's Day to my amazing mom who will no doubt kill me for posting this crying pic. #EnjoyBreakfastMom #GratefulTears #TryNotCryInTheEggs