Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson recently opened up about his struggle with Depression. In an interview with Express, when talking about the time his mother had attempted suicide when he was 15, he said, “Struggle and pain is real. I was devastated and depressed.”

However, he didn’t just go through the mental illness once. Dwayne told the publication that he had “battled that beast [of depression] more than once.” He further added, “I reached a point where I didn’t want to do a thing or go anywhere, I was crying constantly.” 

Though he might seem too strong to break, even the Jumanji actor has had bad days. Today we know him for his wrestling and his comedy movies. This man never fails to amaze the audience with each side of his personality that he reveals. He took to social media to thank his fans for their response to his interview.

He also pointed out in the tweet, how this problem can sometimes be bigger for men as they tend to bottle their feelings up in a show of masculinity. Along with a link to the interview, he tweeted, “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.”

However, this is not the first time Dwayne Johnson has opened up about his life and his battle with depression. He has done that in the past as well, explaining to people the need to reach out and help others who are going through the mental illness. In February, he had shared an Instagram post in which he talked about his mother’s suicide attempt.

Along with explaining his mum’s story, he wrote, “we always gotta do our best to really pay attention when people are in pain. Help ‘em thru it, get ‘em talkin’ about the struggle and remind ‘em that they’re not alone. We got lucky that day when I was 15 and that ain’t always the case.”

Depression is not selective, it can happen to anyone, at any time. Unfortunately, though we live in a modern era, the term is often misunderstood. Victims of this vice are more often than not told that it doesn’t exist.

While most can easily sympathize with an illness that is physical, going through mental ailments often brings about an onslaught of comments like “no, you’re okay” and “it’s nothing.” But if professional help is not sought, depression can bloom and result in something much worse.