Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Shares his Depression Story

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson shared his struggle with depression in a recent interview. He said that he experienced depression after hitting a critical setback in his athletic career in his early 20s. He also witnessed his mother's attempted suicide, an experience that impacted him deeply. After these troubling episodes, Johnson was left struggling to cope, contemplating how he might continue living.

This interview isn't the first time that he's opened up about his struggles with mental health. During an intimate interview in 2015 for the Oprah network, he also spoke openly about the loneliness of a depressive episode. He said that "with depression, one of the most important things to realize is that you're not alone."

His words touch on a deeper, overlooked point-- although mental illness stigma affects everyone, men are critically underserved in regards to mental health, both in terms of admitting that they need help and seeking out treatment. Many men often experience depression differently than women, and don't neccessarily know that their symtoms are indicative of depression because they may not be the "classic" symptoms depicted in popular media.

These lesser-known symptoms include phyical ones such as backaches or headaches as well as dangerous/maladaptive behavior such as excessive drinking, overworking or agression. Other symptoms include:

  • Fatigue or decreased energy
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Body aches, headaches, or digestive issues
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Agitation
  • Reckless behavior
  • Self-medicating with drugs

As Johnson said, "With depression, an important thing to realize is, you're not the first to go through it, and you won't be the last to go through it." If you or a loved one are experiencing these symptoms and medication does not seem to be enough, reach out and schedule your free consultation to see if TMS Therapy could be an option for you.