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15 Wrestlers Who Have Battled Depression

There are many people who were shocked recently when The Rock admitted to Oprah Winfrey that he had struggled with depression. However, depression is a surprisingly common mental illness and around 350 million people worldwide suffer with it. That rounds out to about 20 million Americans who report the illness each year. While depression has no reservations about disrupting the lives of people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, or social positions, it does seem to pop up more often in some professional fields than others.

In the field of professional wrestling, depression has made itself well known. There have been sad tragedies, including drug overdoses and suicides, which have befallen competitors over the years. The fact is that no one really knows what the correlation between pro wrestling and depression is. We only know that it is has been a major problem for some very well-known athletes.

Another thing that seems to go hand-in-hand with depression in the world of professional wrestling is substance and alcohol abuse. Wrestlers put their bodies on the line whenever they step into the ring and are bound to have injuries. In a lot of cases whre a wrestler has been injured and could not compete, they have turned to drugs to help dull both the pain of the injury and the sting of being on the shelf. This, however, only compounds the problem and feeds into the depression.

Although this common sequence of events has played out to some very tragic ends in the wrestling world that is not always the case. There are a few wrestlers who have overcome depression and still others who continue to fight it valiantly. This article highlights 15 courageous athletes who have battled with depression and are winning the fight.

15 Rick Bognar 

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14 Tammy “Sunny” Sytch 

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13 Randy Myers 

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12 Ryback 

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11 Chyna 

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10 Kurt Angle 

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9 D'Lo Brown 

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8 Sean “X-Pac” Waltman 

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7 Goldust 

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6 Scott Hall 

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5 Bret Hart 

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4 Jake “The Snake” Roberts 

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3 Hulk Hogan 

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2 Shawn Michaels 

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1 The Rock 

Even though it may be hard to believe that the charismatic and relentlessly upbeat Dwayne Johnson could suffer from depression, it just proves that no one is immune from it. The now highly recognizable movie star was one of the most popular wrestlers during The Attitude Era of the WWE and has been a world champion multiple times. The Rock talked candidly about his battle with depression in an interview in 2014 and recently spoke with Oprah openly about it in an interview. He said that he has had three serious rounds with depression in his life and is not immune to more. However, Johnson is the picture of a warrior and will continue his fight against depression.

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