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Watch: We Love The Rocks? Emotive Words On Overcoming Depression


by Jennifer McShane
17th Nov 2015

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 23: Actor Dwayne Johnson, recipient of the Action Star of the Decade Award, arrives at a Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation event at Caesars Palace during the opening night of CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, April 23, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Johnson is promoting his upcoming movie, "G.I. Joe: Retaliation." (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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We’ve said before how it is usually hugely?positive when a public figure finds the strength to speak aloud about their personal struggles with depression or anxiety. And while we’ve had many an inspiring?female frequently speak about their issues, it’s safe to say that male celebrities (not counting our own Bressie of course), often aren’t as forthcoming. Alluding to his public persona, wrestling champion The Rock (also known as Dwayne Johnson) could naturally seem invincible. But his undoubtedly powerful exterior shields the sensitive and vulnerable soul that lies?beneath, as his latest revelation will attest.

In a heartfelt video for Oprah’s Master Class, Johnson recalled?how an episode of depression eventually led him to his success in professional wrestling (and then acting), and what he learned from the experience is both positive and uplifting.

After being passed over by the NFL and cut from his Canadian football team, Johnson said he felt alone: “It’s only you, you feel it will always be only you, and that you’re in a bubble.” He also said he wished he had someone to reach out and tell him that he wasn’t the first or last person to deal with depression.

“Sometimes the hardest thing for us guys is to ask for help,” Johnson tweeted, and research affirms this.?Men are less likely to seek help for depression for a variety of reasons, including pressure to conform to the gender stereotype that men should not or simply do not express their emotions.?Johnson’s advice for anyone with depression is inspiring: “Realise that you’re not alone,” he said. “Have faith that on the other side of your pain is something good.”

Watch his emotional speech below, detailing how he managed to overcome his struggle:

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