In a recent episode of the popular podcast The Pivot, renowned actor and former professional wrestler, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, courageously shared his long-standing struggle with depression, providing a heartfelt account of his journey toward emotional well-being.

During the interview, Johnson revealed that his battle with mental health issues commenced years ago, shedding light on a side of his life that was previously unknown to the public. Despite his massive success in the entertainment industry and his charismatic public persona, Johnson acknowledged that he faced internal struggles that often went unspoken.

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“I left school, but the interesting thing at the time is, 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,” Johnson told The Pivot hosts and former NFL stars Channing Crowder, Fred Taylor and Ryan Clark.

The Hollywood icon, known for his remarkable physique and larger-than-life personality, expressed that although he had been experiencing mental health challenges for quite some time, he lacked the necessary vocabulary to effectively articulate his emotions. Johnson’s openness regarding his struggles is expected to inspire countless individuals who may be facing similar difficulties, encouraging them to seek support and fostering a broader conversation about mental well-being.

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“I knew what it was at that time and luckily I had some friends that I could lean on and say, ‘Hey I’m feeling a little wobbly now. I got a little struggle happening,'” he continued.

“I’ve worked hard over the years to gain the emotional tools to work through any mental pain that may come to test me. As men, we didn’t talk about it. We just kept our head down and worked through it. Not healthy, but it’s all we knew,” he added.