Dwayne Johnson discusses depression, mom’s suicide attempt

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This March 28, 2017, file photo, Dwayne Johnson addresses an audience at CinemaCon 2017 in Las Vegas. | Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File

NEW YORK — Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson says “depression never discriminates.”

The actor in an interview with the Sunday Express talks about his struggles with depression and his mother’s suicide attempt after they were evicted.

The 45-year-old says his mother got out of her car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked toward oncoming traffic. He says he grabbed her and pulled her to the shoulder. He says his mother has no recollection of it.

Johnson reveals he went through his own dark period when injuries ended his dream of becoming a professional football player.

He eventually turned to the wrestling ring and began acting in 2000. Johnson tells the Sunday Express that had he not found the inner strength to carry on, he could easily have become suicidal like his mother. “We both healed but we’ve always got to do our best to pay attention when other people are in pain. We have to help them through it and remind them they are not alone.”

Johnson says he and his mother have healed, “but we’ve always got to do our best to pay attention when other people are in pain.”

Associated Press

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