Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson news: Actor shares experience of depression; encourages sufferers to ask for help

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Dwayne Johnson and his girlfriend Lauren Hashian are expecting their second baby girl. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

“Furious 7” actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took to Twitter on Wednesday, Nov. 19, to thank fans for the outpouring of support that he received after speaking up about his experience with depression.

“Thx fam,” the actor tweeted. He added: “Hardest thing sometimes (especially men) is asking for help. I wish I did. You’re never alone. Speak up.”

In an episode of “Oprah’s Master Class,” which aired on Sunday, Nov. 15 on OWN, the 43-year-old actor got candid as he recounted the story of how he found himself, at the age of 23, living in his parent’s apartment and battling depression after being cut from the Calgary Stampeders. 

In the video, Johnson said: “I found that with depression, one of the most important things you can realize is that you’re not alone. You’re not the first to go through it. You’re not gonna be the last to go through it.”

The actor spoke up about wishing, at that time, that he had someone who could pull him aside and remind him that everything will be okay.

“Have faith that on the other side of your pain is something good,” he said.

In his “Oprah’s Master Class” episode, Johnson also talked about the challenges he faced growing up poor in a dysfunctional family. 

“This is the kid who grew up an only child, who shouldered all the family’s problems,” Johnson said. “That kid who had a hard time with relationships is this man today.” 

This isn’t the first time that the “San Andreas” actor has opened up about his history with depression. In 2014, he told The Hollywood Reporter that he started becoming depressed after sustaining multiple injuries playing football for the University of Miami. It intensified after he was cut from the Canadian Football League.

“That was my absolute worst time,” he said.