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Dwayne Johnson reveals he has struggled with depression

US actor Dwayne Johnson, one of Hollywood's top-paid stars, said on Monday he struggled with depression after watching his mother's attempted suicide and encouraged men suffering from the disease to open up about their struggles and seek help.

"Depression never discriminates," the 45-year-old wrote to his 12.7 million Twitter followers.

"Took me a long time to realise it but the key is to not be afraid to open up. Especially us dudes have a tendency to keep it in. You're not alone."

Johnson, who is currently promoting his new action film Rampage, told British newspaper Express on Sunday he faced his own demons after witnessing his mother's suicide attempt as a teenager.

"I reached a point where I didn't want to do a thing or go anywhere," he said. "I was crying constantly."

Johnson recounted that he was 15 when he watched his mother, Ata, walk into oncoming traffic on Interstate 65 in Nashville shortly after they were evicted from their apartment.

He said he was able to pull her from the highway but then sunk into several years of depression that were made more difficult by injuries that halted his would-be football career and a break-up with a girlfriend.

"We both healed," Johnson said of himself and his mother, "but we've always got to do our best to pay attention when other people are in pain." - REUTERS

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