Pastor Ben Courson has shared how his struggles with mental illness and suicidal ideation compelled him to help others understand that they, too, can “defeat the dark lord of depression” with God’s help.
Courson, founder of Hope Generation and Pastor of Applegate Christian Fellowship, recently revealed on “The Crazy Happy Podcast,” a new show from Daniel Fusco and the Edifi Podcast Network, that he understands firsthand what it’s like to feel “broken.”
Though he grew up a “happy kid,” Courson said that when he entered the ministry at age 18, he began to struggle with depression and began “flirting with suicide.”
After experiencing a “wave” of traumas, including the untimely death of his sister, the suicide of a pastor friend, and the end of an eight-year romantic relationship, Courson was diagnosed with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
“My counselor said, ‘You have, you have one of the most difficult cases of depression I’ve ever had to treat,’” he recalled, adding that his latest book, Flirting with Darkness, was birthed out of the idea that “if God could heal my broken heart — and He has — He can heal anybody.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett