Dwayne Johnson Says Being A Girl Dad Was His Saving Grace During Bouts of Depression

Dwayne Johnson Says Being “A Girl Dad” Was His Saving Grace During Bouts of Depression

The Rock recently got candid about his struggles with depression and how he coped with it. Read on to learn more about Dwayne Johnson’s depression struggles.

Dwayne Johnson has been one of the greatest Hollywood celebrities ever. Also, the Black Adam actor has been quite open and candid about his struggle with clinical depression and how it impacted his life in every possible way.

The Black Adam actor recently candidly shed light on his struggles with depression during making an appearance on The Pivot podcast.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, he claimed that his first experience with depression began when he was a student at the University of Miami and was prevented from participating in football due to a shoulder injury. Around that time, things got really bad for The Rock, triggering early seeds of depression for him.

Further in the conversation with Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway, the Red Notice actor made many more revelations about Dwayne Johnson’s depression struggles.

What Exactly Did The Rock Mention About His Bouts With Depression?

Dwayne Johnson and daugters
Dwayne Johnson and his daughters

These are some of the significant statements made by Dwayne Johnson during the conversation in The Pivot podcast-

“I didn’t want to go to school,” he said. “I was ready to leave. I left school. I didn’t take any midterms, and I just left. But the interesting thing, at that time, is I just didn’t know what it was. I didn’t know what mental health was. I didn’t know what depression was. I just knew I didn’t want to be there, wasn’t going to any of the team meetings, wasn’t participating in anything.”

The Black Adam actor further even spoke about how when as an athlete, he was not able to work because of his injury, things got even tougher for him. He said verbatim-

“Years later, I went through it again when I got a divorce. Didn’t know what it was,” he continued. “Years later, around 2017 or so, went through a little bit. I knew what it was at that time, and luckily, at that time, I had some friends who I could lean on, and say, ‘You know, I’m feeling a little wobbly now. Got a little struggle happening. I’m seeing a little grey and not the blue.”

How Did Dwayne Johnson’s Daughters Help Him Heal and Recover?

Dwayne Johnson further spoke about how his daughters helped him go through multiple bouts of depression and were his “saving grace.” Being a “girl dad” was something that kept him going despite all the pain and tribulations. He even said-

“You look at them, and you realize, ‘Well, I mean, really, this is what it’s all about.”

The Rock also later mentioned in the show how gratitude is the best attitude, and he tries to follow this quote in the best possible way. He tries to find good in everything, helping him to cope with his mental health challenges.


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The Red Notice actor even posted an Instagram post, promoting his podcast episode, captioning the post as-

I’ve worked hard over the years to gain the emotional tools to work thru any mental pain that may come to test me. But years ago I didn’t know what mental health struggle was. As men, we didn’t talk about it. We just kept our heads down and worked thru it. Not healthy but it’s all we knew. If you’re going thru your own version of mental wellness turning into mental hell-ness, the most important thing you can do is talk to somebody. Having the courage to talk to someone is your superpower. Talk to someone. Despite how you may feel, you’re never alone.

Well, we agree with Johnson. Men really need to talk about their mental health struggles, but they usually don’t- the stigma is real and widespread! But, it’s high time, we should fight against it. Dwayne Johnson’s depression struggles and his ability to be authentic and vulnerable about it can influence many men out there, struggling silently.

So, here’s an insightful post on men’s mental health. You can find some of the effective ways to reduce the stigma around mental health discomforts for men in the blog post. 

~Written By 

Anam K.

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