The Rock Spoke About His Battle With Depression & Urged Men To Open Up About Their Mental Health
We might think that depression has mostly got to do with financial woes, failure or even heartbreak, which is true to an extent. But mental health doesn’t discriminate and attacks a certain section of the society or a particular gender. It is a common myth that celebrities have a beautiful life and are hence not affected by anything remotely associated with depression. However it is not true. It is a fight we all fight in our life and our favourite celebs also deal with the same kind of emotional trauma like us.Dwayne Johnson, the tough guy and ‘The Rock’ for all of us. looks like the ultimate badass and a real-life Hercules. However, in the past, he has often spoken about his traumatic childhood, his struggle-filled life and his fight to protect his troubled mother as well. In a recent interview, the actor spoke about his battle with depression and how men need to open up about their vulnerabilities and fight depression.
“Regardless of who you are or what you do for a living or where you come from, it doesn’t discriminate, we all kind of go through it. If I could share a little bit of it and if I could help somebody I’m happy to do it. The key thing that I found was the most important thing about that, talking about my past in terms of depression, is the revelation and for us to be OK and embracing … especially us as guys, as men. There’s just a DNA, a wiring in us and a constitution that oftentimes doesn’t let us talk about when we’re scared or vulnerable or things like that.It’s kind of like what’s been deemed as ‘toxic masculinity’. You’ve got to talk about it and you’re not alone. I was an only child and I kept that bottled in, deep, deep. It wasn’t good, so happy to share my story”, he said.
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In Bollywood, Deepika Padukone hit the headlines a few years ago when she openly spoke about her battle with depression and how being a celebrity didn’t make it easier for her. When celebs raise such issues, it gives hope to people struggling with the same problem, that talking and seeking a solution is a very normal thing to do.So if you think you need to open up about some issues that have been plaguing your life and your mind, then find your friend or even seek a therapist, but don’t keep it bottled up. As Dwayne says, “you’ve got to talk about it.”