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The Rock Confesses He Fell Into Deep Depression At 23 And That’s What Led Him To Change Careers

by Caralynn Lippo
Caralynn is a writer, native New Yorker, TV enthusiast, and dog mom to Hobbes.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of the biggest stars in the world, with an incredible number of hit movies under his belt. But even he hasn’t been immune to major struggles with mental health.

Appearing on the November 15, 2015, episode of Oprah’s Master Class series, the Rock opened up about his struggles with depression — and how his battle led to a life-defining moment.

The Rock explained that, after graduating from the University of Miami (where he played college football), his dreams of going pro were derailed. He was first passed over by the NFL and later was cut from the Calgary Stampeders, the Canadian Football League team that had recruited him.

These setbacks led him to move back in with his parents in a small Tampa apartment at the age of 23, where he hit a low point. He thought his life was over, and he quickly fell into a deep depression.

“I found that, with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone. You’re not the first to go through it, you’re not going to be the last to go through it,” he said, looking back on this period 20 years later. “And oftentimes, it happens and you feel like you’re alone. And you feel like it’s only you, and you’re in your bubble. I wish I had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and [say], ‘Hey, it’s going to be OK.'”

Thankfully, the Rock was able to pull himself out of his depression. He even got a call from the head coach of the Calgary Stampeders shortly after, asking him to return to the team.

But his depression had given him a sense of clarity that wound up changing his career path — and his life — forever.

Check out the video below for the Rock’s inspiring message for those struggling with depression, and don’t forget to SHARE it with your friends and family on Facebook!

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