Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Opens Up About Mental Health & Relationship Challenges During Pandemic

The professional-wrestler-turned-actor has previously spoken out about living with depression

By Elizabeth Yuko, Ph.D.
April 20, 2020

Life during the coronavirus outbreak and quarantine hasn’t been easy on anyone — including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who has previously opened up about living with depression. In a recent Instagram video, the professional-wrestler-turned-actor discussed his own mental health, as well as how the quarantine is impacting his relationship with his wife, Lauren Hashian. Specifically, he talked about how anxiety and fear of the unknown can impact not only our relationships, but our own mental well-being as well.

“I’ve gotta be honest with you. When this thing first started, the first two weeks of the quarantine, for me, I was really wobbly at times,” Johnson says in the video Instagram post from April 19. “And I was just trying to get my sh*t together and trying to understand it, because I was trying to think 10 steps ahead. What does the future look like? What is the new normal going to look like?”

Though Johnson says that this period of quarantine has had an overall positive effect on his relationships with his wife and two daughters, that hasn’t come without putting the work in. He says that he found himself “consistently apologizing” to his wife for his behavior, noting that they do occasionally get “snippy with each other” and argue. He describes one instance where he misinterpreted an offhand remark from his wife, which quickly turned into an actual argument. In this case, rather than getting angry, they were able to diffuse the situation using humor, and it led to the couple having a discussion about why they were each struggling. 

One of Johnson’s strategies for maintaining his mental health at this time is to check in with not only his wife, but also his friends about their mental well-being: “We take a mental inventory check…. [We say] ‘How are you getting through? How are you feeling? Are you getting on alright?” Learning that everyone else is facing challenges right now and that you’re not alone when it comes to the anxiety and fear of the unknown can be helpful. 

Ultimately, Johnson says that spending this time together with his wife has made them both better listeners and communicators, now that they put in the effort to be “considerate, caring and empathetic of one another” during this time of uncertainty. “Even though things are quiet and the pace has really slowed down for all of us around the world, there’s still an incredible amount of pressure,” he explains. “Because we just don’t know how that can impact a relationship — how that can impact mental wellness.” 

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