The Buzz has a great article on a mega-star, and his own battles with depression.
The Rock Opens Up About A Difficult, Unspoken Subject Among Men
There are many reasons that men could be jealous of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. For one, he’s the highest paid film actor of 2016. For two, he’s People’s Sexiest Person Of The Year. For three, he’s a freakin’ WWE Hall Of Fame Legend.
But this past week, The Rock decided to use all of that fame and celebrity for good. (I will add that The Rock is often one to inspire, drive and support others, by the way.)
Twitter user Austin Bitikofer, a 19-year-old aspiring film maker took to Twitter and said:
The fact that @TheROck once battled depression.. and he’s where he is now, one of the biggest stars ever. Gives me hope I’ll get somewhere.
The Rock, who has millions upon millions of followers and is no doubt busy filming five hundred sequels to The Mummy and 2 Fast 2 Furious, still took the time to respond to Bitikofer.
The Rock tweeted:
Battled that beast more than once. Us men too prideful to ask for help. Speak up, ask for help and you’re never alone. See (you) at the top one day.
In admitting to what Austin tweeted, and retweeting it, The Rock effectively ripped open a silent stigma among men: mental health.
Carried out by Associate Professor Søren D. Østergaard and his team from Aarhus University Hospital in Risskov, Denmark, and in collaboration with the universities of Copenhagen and Stanford, the study analyzed 185,419 depression diagnoses registered in the Danish Central Psychiatric Research Register between 1995 and 2012.
The study found that the number of patients diagnosed with depression at psychiatric hospitals rises immediately after moving from daylight saving time to standard time, with the number of cases approximately eight per cent higher than expected based on the development in the number of diagnoses leading up to the transition. Østergaard also commented that the team are confident the increase is due to the transition and not other factors such as the change in the length of the day or the decline in weather, which were taken into account in the study.
The team also believe that although the study was based on severe depression in psychiatric hospitals, the transition might also increase the chance of other, less serious forms of depression.
Although the study doesn’t reveal why the transition may cause the increase the rates of depression, the team suggest that it may be because the change takes an hour of daylight from the afternoon and adds it to the morning — a time when many people may not benefit from it as they are indoors at home preparing for work. When they are free to get outside later in the day, it is already dark.
The findings can be found published online in the journal Epidemiology.
Previous studies have also pointed out the importance of getting enough daylight, especially in winter. Research has suggested that getting outdoors in the morning is most beneficial; those who struggle to get outside are advised to open the curtains at home and sit by windows in offices to try and maximize the amount of light.
Previous research also suggests that exercise, light therapy lamps and cognitive behavioral therapy can help fight depression in the winter months.
How many of us have landed here when we never thought we would?
I know I did.
I landed here when my teen kid had an issue. It was only in figuring out his issues that I recognized that I had pretty major issues myself.
It’s my opinion that we all have “issues”. The depth of these issues varies and our capacity to deal with these issues varies too. So – someone who grows up with no money in an abusive household may well grow up whole and well. And someone growing up with all the money in the world with the most supportive family in the world may well grow up feeling a wholesale need for external support; often times very negative support.
The simple answer is that People need support. No matter where they come from.
One of the biggest things, when you are suffering from depression, is to recognize that you are not alone.
And surprisingly, to me, at least, reaching out to try and help others actually helps yourself.
When we help each other, we help ourselves.
How is *that* for a win! 🙂