What The Rock Boldly Said To Oprah About Depression Destroys The Stigma

An uplifting tale.

Most people know Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson as a movie star and as a legendary professional wrestler. Long before Johnson became a household name, he was a 23-year-old aspiring football player who was cut by teams in the NFL and the Canadian Football League. When Johnson failed to become a professional football player, something happened to him that most people are unaware of.

The man known as 'The Rock' had depression.

Johnson recently explained his bout with depression during an interview on Master Class, a television show produced by Oprah Winfrey. From Johnson's perspective, his experience with depression as a 23-year-old was not uncommon.

"I found that with depression, one of the most important things you can realize is that you're not alone," Johnson said to Master Class. "You're not the first to go through it. You're not the going to be the last to go through it. And often times, it happens. You feel like it's only you."

His battle with depression at age 23 would be one of three times Johnson had the disorder. He also suffered from depression at age 18 when he injured his shoulder in college and when he had a divorce in 2008.

Johnson compared having depression to being in a bubble with no one to pull you out.

To get over his depression at age 23, Johnson immersed himself in a new goal: become a professional wrestler. The rest is history.

It's incredibly powerful when someone as successful as Johnson admits to having depression. Johnson offered meaningful advice to people dealing with disease.

"You just gotta remember: hold onto the that fundamental quality of faith," Johnson said to Master Class. "Have faith. And on the other side of your pain, is something good."

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(H/T: Refinery 29)